From white gold to silicon chips: Hydraulic technology, electric power and Silicon Valley

@article{Williams2013FromWG,
  title={From white gold to silicon chips: Hydraulic technology, electric power and Silicon Valley},
  author={James C. Williams},
  journal={Social Science Information},
  year={2013},
  volume={52},
  pages={558 - 574}
}
Unlike most accounts of the origins of Silicon Valley, this essay insists that the valley today is rooted in the Gold Rush, and only through understanding this can scholars fully comprehend the roots of the innovation process that so characterizes the region today. The Gold Rush began a long gestation period in the region’s technical sciences that, with its physical, economic and geographic characteristics, comprised a petri dish in which innovations flourished. Early on communities of interest… 

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