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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 23:21:32 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 15:21:32 PST
> Do any other engineers here collect old electrical engineering books? Any
> particular specialties (radio, power, circuit analysis, etc)? What do you
> use them for?
My taste has always been more catholic. Although I have old electrical
and electronic engineering books, I have many others I like. One
favorite is the "High Speed Internal Combustion Engine" by Ricardo which
is a classic. I unfortunately have lost somewhere the very fascinating
"Scavenging of Two Stroke Cycle Diesel Engines." I have a lot of old
mathematics books like "Differential and Integral Calculus" by Landau
and Courant's excellent "Calculus." I have used these for material when
teaching calculus. I had the great good fortune to find a 19th century
copy of "Frontiers of Astronomy" by Sir John Herschel. It was uncut -
never read - and I had to cut the pages apart. Dover has reprinted many
old books and I have a rare Dover hardcover (Dover is usually paper) of
Audsley's "The Art of Organ Building." I have a great many Dover
reprints especially in mathematics. A book I use occasionally from the
early part of the last century is "Piano Tuning and Allied Arts" by
White. I think it is still in print. And who can forget "Calculus Made
Easy" by Sylvanus P. Thompson which is also still in print after nearly
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org
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