How One Man Accidentally Invented Electronics in 1906

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When Lee de Forest accidentally created the first electronic audio amplifier—the Audion—he "inaugurated the age of electronics." You can learn about it in this excerpt from Nicholas Carr's book What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. [Gizmodo]

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I love electronics. Especially the bit where some conspiracy theorists say that the transistor is actually an alien invention that we stole off the ship that crashed in Roswell. The theory goes that when the transistor was invented (until then we only had vacuum valves) we just weren't advanced enough to be even close to inventing something like that.

Nowadays the transistor is everywhere and when you think about it, it's quite simple in the way it works but things always look simpler after someone comes up with the idea, e.g. A-bombs.