History + Economics + High Tech : a new review is to memorize on EH.net. The book is Christophe Lecuyer’s Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005. x + 393 pp. ISBN: 0-262-12281-2).
In this remarkable introduction to the early history of Silicon Valley, Christophe Lecuyer weaves a rich tale around the centrality of manufacturing — sometimes mass manufacturing, but more often batch manufacturing to precision and reliability. He argues that manufacturing expertise diffused through the Valley through tacit knowledge and engineers in motion between firms. Planar technology for manufacturing integrated circuits in the late 1960s, he concludes, represented the pinnacle of manufacturing in Silicon Valley. (…)