Author Mary Wadden announced the highly anticipated release of “The Evolution of Silicon Valley: A History in Pictures”, a 300-page coffee table book filled with photographs tracing the evolution of Silicon Valley from a bucolic farming community to the global leader of technology and innovation.
This book reads more like a glossy magazine than a history book—transforming a potentially dry topic into something fun and entertaining. The first half of “The Evolution of Silicon Valley” is a journey through the Gold Rush and the region’s rich agricultural roots, making it easy to picture what life in the Bay Area was like 100 years ago with fun factoids and sleek photographs. Readers can glean answers to questions like, “Why does Palo Alto have two downtowns?” Or, “Why is President Herbert Hoover considered the first student of Stanford University?” (Hint: it has to do with failing many of the entrance exams.)
The second portion focuses on the modern-day gold rush of today’s high-tech Silicon Valley and addresses the question “Why did the invention of the microchip, personal computer and Internet all occur in this once sleepy farming community?” “The Evolution of Silicon Valley” provides an insider’s perspective—told from the pioneers themselves, including the founders of companies like Intel, Intuit, NVidia and WAYMO, as well as venture capitalists and original members of the Homebrew Computer Club.
History buffs may recognize author Mary Wadden as this is an updated edition of the original coffee table book she published in 2013 titled “Silicon Valley: The History in Pictures.” The new content is focused on recent developments in software, entertainment, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
“With change happening so fast these days, it’s fun to reflect on the past because as the saying goes: We can’t know where we are going unless we know where we’ve been,” says Wadden. A Silicon Valley native, she considers this project her tribute to the region where the only constant is change itself.