[Boatanchors] FS: POST VERSALOG

Phillip Carpenter carpenterpa at tds.net
Sat Jan 30 19:07:56 EST 2016


My generation was the transition generation from slide rules to scientific calculators. As a freshman engineering student at the University of Tennessee in 1974, we were required to use a slide rule (typically the cheaper K&E for one quarter then switch to the scientific calculator (typically the reverse Polish notation HP-35). I was fortunate to obtain a HP-45 with timer for lab experiments.

It is interesting to note how times change and educational standards change. Though not always for the better.

Those were the days...

Phillip W4RTX

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> On Jan 30, 2016, at 6:59 PM, Glen Zook via Boatanchors <boatanchors at puck.nether.net> wrote:
> When I was a freshman at Georgia Tech, 1962, every student was required to purchase either a Post Versalog or a K+E slide rule.  However, at least in any class that I took, none required you to use a particular slide rule!
> I had a circular slide rule that my high school physics had obtained for any of his students that wanted one and use that slide rule in class, etc.  That slide rule was printed onto a metal surface and, eventually, the lettering wore off.  But, it lasted until I got out of college.
> I still have my Post Versalog and, for all practical purposes, it is still brand new!  The color on the leather case has faded over the years.  But, for being over 50-years old, it is still in excellent shape.
> One has to realize that in every cellular telephone there is more computing capacity than all the computers that NASA had to put man on the moon in 1969!  Students today rely on a pocket calculator and many don't have any ability to even add / subtract without the calculator, let alone multiply or divide!
>  Glen, K9STH 
> Website: http://k9sth.net
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