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Richard J. Thompson Jr.: Crystal Clear

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In this interview, Richard J. Thompson, author of "Crystal Clear: The Struggle for Reliable Communications Technology in World War II," discusses the history he learned while writing his book. The book goes through the history of technology in the war, and the people that were behind it. A lot of technology that is used today was first utilized during this time and the book explains the crystal oscillator, which was how the Americans were able to use every radio during the war. Thompson talks about his experience presenting at the 50th anniversary of the IEEE's Frequency Control Group Conference. The book's main focus is the technology, but also takes time to go over the people involved in the making of these technologies and ideas.