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From: Chuck Simmons
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Subject: Re: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 14:51:04 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 06:51:04 PST
> "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 don't play at all well. I tune pianos and harpsichords. I prefer
tuning a harpsichord because it is not so muddy sounding as a piano. I
use the tuning procedure given by White with some modification. For more
than 40 years, I have wanted to build a pipe organ but never had space
and time at the same time.
> 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.
The only statistics book I own is "How to Lie with Statistics." It is an
old book and I forget who wrote it. Alas, most of my books are at my
brother's house in another city. I have quite a few probability books
but statistics never grabbed my attention. Mathematics is the largest
part of my books. I have the famous Courant and Hilbert ("Methods of
Mathematical Physics" is it?), "The Absolute Differential Calculus" by
Tullio Levicivita, "Grundlagen der Analysis" by Edmund Landau,
"Differential and Integral Calculus" also by Landau, "Classical
Mechanics" by V. I. Arnold (not recomended for the weak at heart - it is
entirely pure mathematics) and "Introduction to Interferometry" by S.
Tolansky. There is a lot of othere stuff I can't remember. I have a copy
here of "Principles of Optics" by Born and Wolf, Ditchburn's "On Light"
and "Lens Design Fundamentals" by Kingslake.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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