Monday, May 7, 2012

Jon Gertner's “The Idea Factory” in the News

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation (Penguin Press, March 2012), by Jon Gertner, has been receiving a good deal of notice. The book was reviewed by Walter Isaacson and by Michiko Kakutani for the New York Times; by the Wall Street Journal; by Bloomberg Businessweek; by Slate; by Wired; by The Economist. A video of his presentation about the book at Authors@Google is also available, as well as one from Book TV and another from The Street. A print and audio transcript of Gertner's recent interview on NPR's Talk of the Nation can be found here and on the Diane Rehm show here;  audio of his interview with Lewis Lapham on Bloomberg.com can be found here. The Deal's Robert Teitelman also ran a discussion piece on a NYT article by Gertner preceding the publication of his book.
   Jon Gertner has been a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, where he writes about business, technology, and society; he is currently an editor for Fast Company.