A century of electrical engineering and computer science at by Karl L. Wildes

By Karl L. Wildes

Electrical engineering is a protean occupation. this present day the sphere embraces many disciplines that appear a ways faraway from its roots within the telegraph, cellphone, electrical lamps, vehicles, and turbines. To a extraordinary quantity, this chronicle of switch and development at a unmarried establishment is a tablet historical past of the self-discipline and occupation of electric engineering because it constructed around the world. even if MIT was once no longer top the way in which, the dep. used to be often fast to evolve to altering wishes, targets, curricula, and learn courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of training and examine, flexibility of management, the interconnections with business growth and nationwide priorities.

The book's textual content and lots of images introduce readers to the well known lecturers and researchers who're nonetheless renowned in engineering circles, between them: Vannevar Bush, Harold Hazen, Edward Bowles, Gordon Brown, Harold Edgerton, Ernst Guillemin, Arthur von Hippel, and Jay Forrester.

The ebook covers the department's significant parts of task -- electricity structures, servomechanisms, circuit thought, communications idea, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of global warfare II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy historical past of accomplishments indicates additionally that years sooner than "Computer technology" used to be further to the department's identify such pioneering ends up in computation and keep watch over as Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer, early cybernetic units and numerically managed servomechanisms, the Whirlwind laptop, and the evolution of time-sharing computation had already been achieved.

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Perh aps one of the contributory rea sons fo r the effectiveness of this group was th e fact that they were all g r a d u ates of MIT, a s was the ins tr LJ . 1r, C h a rles H . Port e r; five out of six of the a s sista nts were Course VI g ra d u ates of the previo u s J u ne. From t h e a d ministrative viewpoint, however, t h e de­ partm ent was d e cid e d ly ing rown , and President Pritchett s o u g ht to b ro a d e n its ed uc atio n a l base by lookin g outside MIT for new staff m e m be rs .

In reviewing the laboratory and demonstration equipment in 1873, Cross noted that the department had an "exceedingly full" supply of acoustics apparatus, with almost all the more important instruments made by Koenig of Paris. A set of organ pipes had been given recently by Hook and Hastings, organ builders in suburban Boston. " The following year a Holtz machine and an induction coil were acquired. and Pickering announced that a large magneto-electric machine had been loaned to the Institute by its maker, Moses G.

There was no lunch room for students until 1876, when a small one was provided at one end of the drill shed, and there were never any chapel exercises, either voluntary or mandatory. Yet somehow a general acquaintanceship developed, despite slow trains and long days, and from the beginning the hard-working students developed pride in being Technology men and acquired something of the spirit that had made MIT possible Even those who remained for only a year or who fell out of the ranks before graduation absorbed a feeling of loyalty which was often evident in later years.

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