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Slide rules, calculating aids, logarithms and related topics
articles by David Walker, UK
The appeal of slide rules - for use and as collectables Micscape December 2012
Some typical slide rules under the microscope Micscape December 2013. Acrobat pdf version of the article published in the UKSRC Gazette, no. 13, Autumn 2013
A gallery of a selection of calculating aid designs spanning over 2000 years Micscape August 2013
Comparing the depth of field of two types of flatbed scanner, a CIS and a CCD model Micscape January 2013. Illustrates the superiority of the CIS design for e.g. slide rule scans.
Henry Sherwin of 'Sherwin's Tables' The author has contributed to the research into the biography of this elusive publisher of the 17th century tables. Link to 'mathoverflow' forum thread and resources.
Comments to the author David Walker are welcomed.
Selected resources for the slide rule enthusiast
United Kingdom Slide Rule Circle For UK and international members. Annual 'Gazette' with articles on a wide range of topics. Twice yearly 'Skid Stick' newsletter. Organises regular meetings.
The Oughtred Society US based with international membership. "Dedicated to the preservation and history of slide rules and other calculating instruments". This site has a wealth of its own resources, a tutorial of slide rule use and also access to older papers in its Journal. Its own links page is also carefully categorised and a good starting point for exploring the many resources online including online museums, sellers of new old stock and used slide rules. Organises regular meetings.
Rod Lovett's Slide Rules In addition to his own resources, he also offers a powerful search engine that can check for articles/papers in the major slide rule publications on any topic and also a search engine for checking prices that models sold for at auction.
Compiled March 2015 edition of Micscape.
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