Subject: Re: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 07:02:34 GMT
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"John Larkin" wrote in
> On Tue, 12 Nov 2002 16:49:55 GMT, "Mike" wrote:
> I love this stuff. The Big Gorilla is of course the 27-volume MIT
> Radiation Laboratory Series, which thoroughly documents the birth of
> modern electronics. 1948 or so.
At my first job, a startup company in New Mexico, my boss had the entire
series, in absolutely pristine shape, along with Bode's book, and many
others. He had attended the University of New Mexico in the 1950's, when
many of the physicists and mathematicians from the Manhattan project were
> Reference Data for Radio Engineers, IT&T, (still very useful) 1943,
> 1949, 1977.
Indeed. I have the 1943 version, as well as a 1968 version.
> Pulse and Digital Circuits, Millman and Taub, 1956, ditto.
One of the problems we've been fighting recently is metastability. Some of
the junior engineers at work weren't aware of metastability; Millman and
Taub is the earliest reference I have that addresses it, and it's always fun
to bring in a reference that predates them (in fact, it predates me as
well), to show that these aren't new problems, even if the relevant time
scales have shrunk from microseconds to picoseconds. One of my coworkers was
flipping through it, and happened to notice something that sounded like PLL
injection locking to me. We looked a little closer, and were surprised to
find a plot that almost exactly matches one from Wolaver's PLL book, where
he derives the conditions for injection locking. Wolaver doesn't reference
Millman and Taub, but the resemblance of the figures is amazing...
> Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Devices, Andy Grove, 1967.
> Remember Andy Grove?
He wrote a book last year titled, "Swimming Across," about growing up in
Hungary and his subsequent escape and immigration to the US. It's a
wonderful book, even if it's not directly related to engineering.
The rest of your collection sounds really impressive.
> I'm always disappointed in how little most engineers are interested in
> the history of their profession.
At times, I suppose I am too, but not everyone wants to be a historian. What
I find is that even though many of my coworkers aren't necessarily
interested in collecting books about the history of electrical engineering,
they are still interested in history, and are quite interested in a brief
historical review during a design review, or even during lunch. That suits
me fine: I get to track down the books, read them, and talk about them. They
get to listen and learn (and hopefully, not get too bored!). It works for
-- Mike --