Subject: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
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Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 16:49:55 GMT
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Do any other engineers here collect old electrical engineering books? Any
particular specialties (radio, power, circuit analysis, etc)? What do you
use them for?
I started collecting old electrical engineering texts a few years ago,
mostly radio and circuit analysis books. Among others, these are
Pierce, "Principles of Wireless Telegraphy," 1906
Pierce, "Electric Oscillations and Electric Waves," 1920
Kennelly, "Wireless Telegraphy," 1906
Puckle, "Time Bases," 1946(?)
Edson, "Vacuum Tube Oscillators," 1953
Moullin, "Spontaneous Fluctuations of Voltage," 1938
The early radio books are mostly concerned with wave propagation and simple
detectors (coherers and electrolytic detectors). By 1915-1920, there was
much more discussion of circuits, filters, and tubes.
Most of my books get rotated through my bookshelf at work. A few books, like
Terman's "Radio Engineer's Handbook," have a permanent spot there. Others
are interesting to look through when I'm working on a particular problem,
like Moullin's book when I'm working on noise and jitter problems. Moullin
has a reference to a paper by Kappler in 1931 that has plots that look
virtually identical to the constrained random walk that the phase of a PLL
follows. After a little more investigation I found Willem Einthoven's Nobel
lecture from 1925, which shows similar graphs, and some references to
earlier papers. In the end, it led to a remarkable historical journey,
beginning with Einstein's explanation of Brownian motion in 1905, electrical
current analogs to Brownian motion in the 1910s, and a solution to the
mechanical analog of a PLL in 1931.
What books do you have? Do they still find use?
-- Mike --