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Subject: Re: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 07:21:24 GMT
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"Chuck Simmons" wrote in message
> Mike wrote:
> > Do any other engineers here collect old electrical engineering books?
> > particular specialties (radio, power, circuit analysis, etc)? What do
> > 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.
Are you a pianist? I recently got a Baldwin grand piano, after being without
a piano for a few years, and it's soooo wonderful to have a piano again.
It's even better because my old piano was a spinet - this one will fill the
living room, the rest of the house, and a good portion of the neighborhood
with sound. Unfortunately, work has been so hectic that I've only really had
time to look at it in the living room... One of my neighbors commented that
it sounded wonderful; I didn't tell him that I've only been playing scales
and Hanon exercises. Hopefully, when I work up to playing real music, he
won't change his mind.
I have a few math books, but most are related to statistics, and most of
those are from the 50's and early 60's. Along with the statistics texts, the
50's were a time of lots of exploration into signals and noise, in both
communication and control systems. Some great books came out of that period.
-- Mike --
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