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Third, ARPA was a young agency with little doctrine and almost a passion for innovation; it held the profound conviction that the United States should never be only second best in any consequential technology. Fourth, ARPA was willing to write four-year contracts with a four-year renewal each year, thereby getting much more for the taxpayers' money than if it had insisted on year-by-year contracting. Further, ARPA gave convincing evidence that the program would last at least 10 years, and thereby induced universities to take the risks of borrowing money and building new facilities with a 10-year payback.

Seitz's The Modern Theory of Solids in 1940 brought understanding to new heights and provided a common language for all workers in materials. William Shockley's theory of the p-n junction in 1949 and the realization of the junction transistor in 1951 produced immediate visions of a fantastic future for solid-state electronic devices. The complexity of so-called point defects was beginning to be appreciated, and dislocation theory was well advanced. New polymers and new alloys and metals like ductile titanium were being developed.

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