OSA Centennial Snapshots: Inventing a Dwarf Masterpiece

Patricia Daukantas

An international collaboration between two corporate competitors spawned the compact disc—and introduced lasers into millions of homes.


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In the spring of 1979, the management board of an electronics company gathered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to evaluate the prototype of a new kind of sound recording unlike the mechanical groove-etching system of Thomas A. Edison or the analog magnetic recording developed in the early 20th century.

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