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By Karl L. Wildes

Electrical engineering is a protean career. at the present time the sector embraces many disciplines that appear some distance faraway from its roots within the telegraph, mobilephone, electrical lamps, vehicles, and turbines. To a outstanding quantity, this chronicle of switch and development at a unmarried establishment is a tablet background of the self-discipline and occupation of electric engineering because it constructed world wide. even if MIT used to be now not prime the best way, the dep. was once often fast to evolve to altering wishes, pursuits, curricula, and study courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of educating and examine, flexibility of management, the interconnections with commercial growth and nationwide priorities.

The book's textual content and lots of images introduce readers to the well known academics and researchers who're nonetheless renowned 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 -- electricity platforms, servomechanisms, circuit conception, communications idea, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of international warfare II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy heritage of accomplishments exhibits furthermore that years ahead of "Computer technology" was once additional to the department's identify such pioneering leads to computation and regulate as Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer, early cybernetic units and numerically managed servomechanisms, the Whirlwind machine, and the evolution of time-sharing computation had already been achieved.

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Com pton's close work with B ush d e scribed l ater, is represe ntative of the m o v e m e n t of eve nts d u ri n g the 1930s and 1940s. , In the arts , d u ring the sa m e p e riod, the world saw C ubism b u rst out of I m p ressio n ism , d a lly with D a d a­ is m , a n d move into p u re abst raction; i n m usic there were exp e ri m e n ts with ato n a l composition . In the po­ litical s p h e re , t h e re was the ho rrible b u tchery of World War I, and b esi d es the g reat com m u n ist experi m e n t i n R ussi a , the re was t h e steady rise of n a zi s m a n d fascism i n t h e 1 9 20s a n d 1 9 30s; i n t h e United States the N ew De a l st r u g gled to rise above the Gre at D e p ressio n .

Ward Leonard (later famous for his system of motor control) was president and Isaac W. Litchfield (member of the first Course VIII-B class) was treasurer. Arthur D. Little was on the editorial board. The Tech of March 7, 1883, mentioned a long article in the Electncal Review on the new MIT course in electrical engineering. The same issue reported that a new course in electrical engineenng had also been established at Tufts College under "Professor Amos E. Dolbear, one of the pioneers of the telephone " Dolbear, in fact, was one of those who had contended with Bell, claiming that Bell had swindled him.

Monroe, '82. The MIT student newspaper, The Tech, began publication in November 1881 under a board of directors of which H. Ward Leonard (later famous for his system of motor control) was president and Isaac W. Litchfield (member of the first Course VIII-B class) was treasurer. Arthur D. Little was on the editorial board. The Tech of March 7, 1883, mentioned a long article in the Electncal Review on the new MIT course in electrical engineering. The same issue reported that a new course in electrical engineenng had also been established at Tufts College under "Professor Amos E.

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