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February 11, 2018


Very cool collection. Oh the joy that I missed out on, only using slide rules for brief instructional purposes. In high school, I was in the first chemistry class that was allowed to use calculators.

Thank you for letting me contribute :-)

I'll put up some related nostalgia today.

Ingineer--Don't weep over what you missed. In years to come, there will be those who lament that they missed out on things/experiences that you took for granted in your younger years.

Stu--You are welcome. Your cooperation is much appreciated. I like your Calculated Nostalgia posting!

Oh I don’t weep. I hated nomographs and everything related to them. I will take an eight or 12 place digitial display every day of the week over analog. 😃

That is an impressive collection. Not that I would know what to do with one (although I'm pretty sure I'm old enough that if I had gone to college after high school, and taken engineering courses, I would have had to learn).

So nice that Grandpa kept that journal so you know that your gift was well appreciated!

Ingineer--Whew! I don't need to get out a hanky for you. ; )

Bogie--Supposedly, the last slide rule manufactured in the USA came off the line on 7/11/1976; thus, you are young enough that you, as did Ingineer, would have missed out - even had you gone directly to college following high school and had you majored in engineering. As it was, you were using PDAs by the time you got your bachelor's degree (with a double major, summa cum laude - I exercise a mother's privilege to brag) in your very early 40s.

P.S. I had nearly forgotten that we sometimes called our slide rules "slip sticks".

Well, I didn't get my degree until this century, so calculators were required for some of my math classes. I don't think I used a graphing calculator until I took a class for work ~2008.

Bogie--Good point on timing being everything when it came to not needing a slide rule. Thanks!

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