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By Karl L. Wildes

Electrical engineering is a protean occupation. at the present time the sector embraces many disciplines that appear a long way faraway from its roots within the telegraph, mobilephone, electrical lamps, automobiles, and turbines. To a notable volume, this chronicle of switch and development at a unmarried establishment is a tablet background of the self-discipline and career of electric engineering because it constructed all over the world. even if MIT was once no longer best the way in which, the dept used to be frequently fast to evolve to altering wishes, pursuits, curricula, and learn courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of training and examine, flexibility of management, the interconnections with business development and nationwide priorities.

The book's textual content and plenty of images introduce readers to the popular lecturers 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 ebook covers the department's significant components of job -- electricity structures, servomechanisms, circuit idea, communications thought, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of global warfare II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy background of accomplishments indicates furthermore that years sooner than "Computer technological know-how" used to be further 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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Louis Du nca n w a s j u s t the right man. Duncan h a d been chief en g i neer i n ch a rg e o f construction o f the Third Ave n ue tra n s it system in New Yo rk City a n d cons ulti n g e n gineer for t h e city ra ilways i n Balti m o re a n d Was h i n g ton, a n d h a d org a n ized the firm of Spra g ue , Du nca n , a n d H u tch i n so n , d esig ners a n d builders i n 1892-93 o f the first l a rge electric locomo­ tive (60 ton s , 1,000 hors e powe r) . He wa s chairm a n of the Board o f J u d g e s a t the Phil a delphia Electrical Exh i bition of 1884 and a m e m ber of the Boa rd of the World's C ol u m bi a n Expositio n , 1892, i n C hica g o.

Many of the most successful and loyal of MIT's alumni were in this group. In the seventies less than half of the students were taking the full schedule of subjects, and as late as the middle nineties only sixty-one per cent of all students were "regulars . " 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.

Heaviside, the famous British scientrst and engrneer, was shortly to enlighten the telegraph and telephone electricians as to the beneficial effect of inductance. Another important member of the early electrical group was William L. " How Did Electrical Engineering Get to Be Course VI? 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.

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