Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 07:31:00 -0800
From: RP Henry
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Subject: Re: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
Mark Fergerson wrote:
> Mike wrote:
> > Do any other engineers here collect old electrical engineering books? Any
> > particular specialties (radio, power, circuit analysis, etc)? What do you
> > use them for?
> Absolutely. I do it for the same
> reasons others mention; the clarity of
> exposition of fundamentals, the sheer
> art of the drawings, and the historical
> > I started collecting old electrical engineering texts a few years ago,
> > mostly radio and circuit analysis books. Among others, these are
> > interesting:
> I am _terribly_ envious!
> I've got (at hand):
> Knowlton, "Standard Handbook For
> Electrical Engineers" 1948 ed.
> Marks "Mechanical Engineer's Handbook"
> 1951 ed (with lots of electrical stuff)
> Assorted WWII electronic and radar
> military manuals (amazingly useful
> and lots of others out in the shop
> (where they get used) as well as a
> couple of CRC's and well-fondled ARRL
> handbooks. Oh, and a recent print of
> Tesla's "inventions, researches and
> Like many others here, I look for them
> almost reflexively at used-bookstores
> and yard sales. Sellers rarely know what
> they have, fortunately.
On my watch list is any volume of the MIT Radiation Lab series. A
description from the history site
"MIT Radiation Laboratory Series, edited by Louis N. Ridenour, is an
technical documentation of RadLab projects in 28 volumes with an index.
The series is
out of print, but is available at many scientific reference libraries
including the RLE
I saw a complete set once in a Navy library, and I have a couple of
volumes acquired over the years in booksales and such.