THE CRYOTRON FILES

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Au­thor Iain Dey & Dou­glas Buck Price £20 Pub­lisher Icon Books

Dud­ley Buck in­vented an early ver­sion of the mi­crochip. He also moon­lighted for the NSA, de­vel­op­ing code-crack­ing su­per­com­put­ers and guid­ance for nu­clear mis­siles. How­ever, Buck died aged 35 – days af­ter Soviet sci­en­tists vis­ited his MIT lab. Was he killed? Jour­nal­ist Iain Dey makes some bold claims in his new bi­og­ra­phy, some of which can’t be sub­stan­ti­ated. But by draw­ing on Buck’s per­sonal pa­pers, the au­thor vividly un­cov­ers the life of a for­got­ten pi­o­neer of the In­for­ma­tion Age, as well as the Cold War strug­gle for com­puter dom­i­nance.

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