Bell Labs: The Invention Factory #manufacturingmonday
Check out this great piece from TheNewYorker archives, which was originally published back in 1931. It gives a detailed tour of NYC’s Bell Labs, once a center of innovation.
The Bell Telephone Laboratories, which is the research department of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company, is a good specimen of the modern invention factory, and handy to anyone who enjoys scientific peepshows. The ten-story main laboratory has fifteen acres of floor and takes up the block in West Street between Bethune and Bank Streets. Depression or not, the Telephone Company still finds it pays to spend nineteen million dollars a year there on research.
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