The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jon Gertner

Narrated By: Chris Sorensen

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: March 2012

Duration: 17 hours 30 minutes


In The Idea Factory, New York Times Magazine writer Jon Gertner reveals how Bell Labs served as an incubator for scientific innovation from the 1920s through the 1980s. In its heyday, Bell Labs boasted nearly 15,000 employees, 1,200 of whom held PhDs and 13 of whom won Nobel Prizes. Thriving in a work environment that embraced new ideas, Bell Labs scientists introduced concepts that still propel many of today's most exciting technologies.