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

By Karl L. Wildes

Electrical engineering is a protean career. this present day the sphere embraces many disciplines that appear a ways faraway from its roots within the telegraph, mobilephone, electrical lamps, automobiles, and turbines. To a striking quantity, this chronicle of swap and development at a unmarried establishment is a pill heritage of the self-discipline and career of electric engineering because it constructed around the world. even if MIT used to be now not major the way in which, the dep. was once frequently fast to conform to altering wishes, ambitions, curricula, and study courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of educating and examine, flexibility of management, the interconnections with business development and nationwide priorities.

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

The booklet covers the department's significant parts of job -- electrical energy platforms, servomechanisms, circuit conception, communications conception, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of global battle II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy historical past of accomplishments exhibits in addition that years prior to "Computer technology" was once further to the department's identify such pioneering leads to computation and keep an eye on 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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In MIT's realignment of courses in 1873-74, ten courses were listed I. Civil and Topographical Engineering II. Mechanical Engineering Ill. Geology and Mining Engineering IV. Building and Architecture V. Chemistry VI. Metallurgy VII. Natural History VIII. Physics IX. Science and Literature X. Philosophy Up to 187 3, Course VI had been SCience and Literature. In 1884 Metallurgy was combined wrth Mining to form Course Ill, Mining and Metallurgy, and Electrical Engineering became Course VI, still administered by Cross and within the Physics Department.

With the emphasis so largely on a full-t1me program of classes and laboratory work, and with so many commuting and special students, "college spirit" developed slowly It was generally assumed that Tech students were quite different from the students in the older or "liberal" colleges Thev came largely from families of limited means and no traditional college loyalties , and they came with serious and immediate objectives. For many of them association with fellow students was confined to class and laboratory exercises and military drill, with occasional meetings between classes or at the noon period.

I n j u s t a few dec a d e s electricity, in the p u b l i c con s c i o u s n e s s h a d g rown from an exotic co m m odity into a social ne c e s s ity . , Growth of the Department, 1902-1952 T h e other lo n g term d e p a rt m e n t h e ad in the first half­ c e n t u ry , H a rold L . Haze n (1938-1952). s e rv ed in a tumultuous p e riod wh e n e lectr ic a l engi nee ring be­ c ame d e e p l y involved in n a tio n a l defens e , war re­ s e arch and d eve lopm ent, and the post-Wo rld W a r II reconstruction pe r io d His t e n u re saw th e culmination of a gre a t pe r i od of el ectric power eng in e e ri n g ; it also saw sch i s m s in the field , and new dir ectio n s for re­ s e a rch .

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