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post Feb 19 2006, 05:26 PM
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Here are two nearly identical images. One of these was used by Sergei Korolyev, the other by Wherner von Braun. Can you tell which is which?

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And here's a more interesting question -- how many of us here on UMSF have actually *used* a slide rule in their lives? I know I used a slide rule, even in a completely non-engineering field -- I'd use it to do basic scaling functions when doing layout on newspapers and such.

Since both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their own personal slide rules to the Moon, people were obviously using them only 35 or so years ago. So, how many of us have ever used one?

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post Feb 20 2006, 03:20 AM
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What's a slide rule? smile.gif Just kidding, but in all seriousness while I have seen photos of them I have never actually held one used for engineering/navigation in my hands (I had to add that qualifier because my father collects and uses antique carpenters' tools and has a couple that were once used for figuring scales and angles and such), much less learn how to use it. I did, of course, do lots of timed tests of arithmetic in my childhood; but several years ago I was teaching fifth grade science at a reasonably good school and was astonished and disgusted to discover that none of the kids could multiply or divide by ten without a calculator. (For you non-Americans, fifth grade students here are 10 or 11 years old.) Sigh.


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- dvandorn   Comparison Of Important Tools   Feb 19 2006, 05:26 PM
- - helvick   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Feb 19 2006, 05:26 PM) ...   Feb 19 2006, 05:56 PM
- - tty   I was born in 1948 and I certainly used a slide ru...   Feb 19 2006, 06:09 PM
- - CosmicRocker   My experience pretty much mirrors tty's. I st...   Feb 19 2006, 08:42 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   I can't tell the slipsticks apart, either...   Feb 19 2006, 10:00 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Feb 19 2006, 10:00 PM) ...   Feb 19 2006, 10:17 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (helvick @ Feb 19 2006, 10:17 PM) ...   Feb 19 2006, 11:34 PM
- - jamescanvin   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Feb 20 2006, 04:26 AM) ...   Feb 19 2006, 10:07 PM
- - dvandorn   FYI -- the top one was Korolyev's, the bottom ...   Feb 19 2006, 11:43 PM
- - BruceMoomaw   While we're on the subject of lack of Cybernet...   Feb 20 2006, 01:09 AM
- - Bill Harris   HP with RPN and sliderules, what a nostalgia trip...   Feb 20 2006, 02:59 AM
- - elakdawalla   What's a slide rule? Just kidding, but in ...   Feb 20 2006, 03:20 AM
- - BruceMoomaw   SF writers prove prophetic again! Remember As...   Feb 20 2006, 03:48 AM
- - edstrick   I've still got my slide rule. Though once the...   Feb 20 2006, 06:25 AM
- - tasp   Well, I recall using a slide rule a few times. In...   Feb 20 2006, 02:56 PM
- - tty   I never actually used a key punch, but the first m...   Feb 20 2006, 08:14 PM
- - mchan   I have used slide rules and card punches briefly. ...   Feb 20 2006, 08:31 PM
- - Bob Shaw   It's not just US education that has a problem ...   Feb 20 2006, 10:26 PM

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