From: email@example.com (N. Thornton)
Subject: Re: Anyone else collect old engineering books?
Date: 13 Nov 2002 14:14:26 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 13 Nov 2002 22:14:27 GMT
"Mike" wrote in message news:...
> Do any other engineers here collect old electrical engineering books? Any
> particular specialties (radio, power, circuit analysis, etc)? What do you
> use them for?
They're interesting above anything else for me. They explain ground
concepts well, so it often leaves me with a better understanding than
those who aren't interested to read the old texts.
But also I find them an occasionally invaluable input in innovation.
The more information and understanding I have, the more the chance of
successful innovation. Sometimes one really has to understand the
history to crack the nut.
Also I have used outdated techniques in design just occasionally.
Though such tech is obsolete, just once or twice a perfect slot for it
crops up, and it leaves other engineers wacthing with a puzzled frown
when one implements something bizarre, simple, and effective. But that
sure doesn't happen often, there is a long list of reasons for that
Of course they're pretty much vital when reconning 1930s radios too.
I have found even when sellers know exactly what the books are, they
know perfectly well no-one else there is going to come along an buy
them. If the books go to an enthusiast, thats more important than the
30p or whatever they're going for.
> What books do you have? Do they still find use?
Yeah, what is more useful than firing the interest and imagination
cells? That I think is the source of learning.
I have one book about electricity in the days before wire: chains and
wooden rods were the conductors and insulators of the day. I just
looked for it, but cant see it on the shelf. Maybe Frankenstein wanted