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I actually liked my 8" circular. It could run "rings" around the slip-sticks.

I used it approximately from 1951 through 1972 for a good portion of my work. At the various places that I worked, basically San Francisco, I had access either to Friden or Marchant (either electric or hand crank) calculators, although when we were doing real precision work on lift drawings, we were required to use logrithims, placed outside of the left border of our drawings (Guy F. Atkinson). In West Africa, we used hand crank Curta's for the surveying work

Finally, in 1972 I got my first digital desktop four function calculator with large numbers and one memory bank. From there, we went to a TI59 with magnetic strips and eventually to a TRS-80 Model II, running SAP80 and Visacalc.

Neil Moore, SE, SECB
shingle springs, ca

At 01:46 PM 1/25/2006, Garner, Robert wrote:

I used to like the circular slide rules - when you divide, you don't
have to "back up" when you go the wrong way with the center slider
thingie.  But with a circular, it's not intuitive as to where the
numbers are relative to the length of the thing so you find yourself
"driving the bus".  Experienced slide rule users will know what I mean.

I bought a plastic slide rule in college and one day left it on the
package shelf of my VW Beatle.  The sun got to it and I had to take a
Physic final with a warped, recalcitrant slide rule.  I bought an
aluminum slide rule after that.  Yep, I still have it.  I still have my
grandfather's slide rule, too - written on the case are the words
"Shanghai, 1929".

Bob Garner

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Adams [mailto:davea(--nospam--at)]

Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 1:05 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Slide Rules

Hello everyone,

I just love the part in "Apollo 13", brief as it is, showing a whole
line of engineers running calculations with their slide rules, all
agreeing with one another about the results that they needed to find.
I've always found it nice to keep some things around me to remind myself
not to get too caught up in technology and thus lose sight of what it
means to be an engineer -- one of the things that I do not have is a
slide rule.

Can anyone recommend a good slide rule (company, model, type, size,
where to get one)?  Not sure if I'll learn how to use it, but I would
like to have one around.

Dave K. Adams, S.E.
Lane Engineers, Inc.
Tulare, CA
E-mail:  davea(--nospam--at)

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