It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD

Americans invented liquid crystal displays but couldn’t capitalize on them. On the technology’s golden jubilee, it’s time to reflect on the value of R&D.

香蕉视频苹果下载Like so many people under coronavirus quarantine right now, there’s a good chance you are reading this on an LCD screen. After all, most laptops, phones and TVs have them. If so, you are gazing upon a strange and hallucinogenic miracle of modern science and engineering.

These may look like words, but they are actually a scintillating pattern of microscopic dots, each containing an equally tiny quantity of a substance not quite solid or liquid, a strange state of matter known as a liquid crystal. Dozens of times a second, some...