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The Resource Crystal clear : the struggle for reliable communications technology in World War II, Richard J. Thompson, Jr, (electronic book)

Crystal clear : the struggle for reliable communications technology in World War II, Richard J. Thompson, Jr, (electronic book)

Label
Crystal clear : the struggle for reliable communications technology in World War II
Title
Crystal clear
Title remainder
the struggle for reliable communications technology in World War II
Statement of responsibility
Richard J. Thompson, Jr
Creator
Author
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Quartz crystal-a technology that changed the tide of World War II Some of the defining leaps in technology in the twentieth century occurred during the Second World War, from radar to nuclear energy. Often left out of historical discussions are quartz crystals, which proved to be just as pivotal to the Allied victory--and to post-war development--as other technologies. Quartz crystals provided the U.S. military, for the first time, with reliable communication on the front lines, and then went on to become the core of some of the most basic devices of the post-war era, from watches, clocks, and color televisions, to cell phones and computers. In Crystal Clear, Richard Thompson relates the story of the quartz crystal in World War II, from its early days as a curiosity for amateur radio enthusiasts, to its use by the United States Armed Forces. It follows the intrepid group of scientists and engineers from the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army as they raced to create an effective quartz crystal unit. They had to find a reliable supply of radio-quality quartz; devise methods to reach, mine, and transport the quartz; find a way to manufacture quartz crystal oscillators rapidly; and then solve the puzzling 'aging problem' that plagued the early units. Ultimately, the development of quartz oscillators became the second largest scientific undertaking in World War II after the Manhattan Project. Bringing to light a little-known aspect of World War II, Crystal Clear offers a glimpse inside one of the most significant efforts in the annals of engineering."--Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
IEEEE
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1965-
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Thompson, Richard J.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Oscillators, Crystal
  • Quartz crystals
  • United States
  • United States
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
Label
Crystal clear : the struggle for reliable communications technology in World War II, Richard J. Thompson, Jr, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-217) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : "We were heavily armed, and we had crystals" -- From wire to wireless : the development-- and acceptance-- of tactical radio -- Crystal control-- the great gamble -- The Signal Corps lays the foundation -- Nothing else to do but grind crystals -- Riding the "Flat Wheel Limited"-- overseeing a mass production industry -- Supplying a mass production industry-- the civilian government steps in -- "The whole radio crystal program of the Armed Services depends upon the success of the procurement program in Brazil. Nothing must be allowed to interfere with it" -- "God made lots of small crystals" -- The aging crisis-- stopgap measures -- The aging crisis-- physics to the rescue! -- "Without crystals, you have radio; with them, communications" -- Appendix 1 : Crystal-controlled equipment -- Appendix 2 : Crystal manufacturers
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 230, [24] p. of plates)
Isbn
9780470046067
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill., map
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn669008136
Label
Crystal clear : the struggle for reliable communications technology in World War II, Richard J. Thompson, Jr, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-217) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : "We were heavily armed, and we had crystals" -- From wire to wireless : the development-- and acceptance-- of tactical radio -- Crystal control-- the great gamble -- The Signal Corps lays the foundation -- Nothing else to do but grind crystals -- Riding the "Flat Wheel Limited"-- overseeing a mass production industry -- Supplying a mass production industry-- the civilian government steps in -- "The whole radio crystal program of the Armed Services depends upon the success of the procurement program in Brazil. Nothing must be allowed to interfere with it" -- "God made lots of small crystals" -- The aging crisis-- stopgap measures -- The aging crisis-- physics to the rescue! -- "Without crystals, you have radio; with them, communications" -- Appendix 1 : Crystal-controlled equipment -- Appendix 2 : Crystal manufacturers
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 230, [24] p. of plates)
Isbn
9780470046067
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill., map
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn669008136

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