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Old 05-15-2024, 07:49 PM
 
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Bought one once just for a laugh and gave up after a few days, thank god for calculators.
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Old 05-26-2024, 07:48 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Here is a better picture of my laboratory balance. It was made by F. Sartorius in Göttingen, Germany, probably around 1910. I bought it about 40 years ago.

It was made by F. Sartorius in Göttingen, Germany, probably around 1910.
Ironic that you display the slide rule with the quantitative scale....Quant Chem was the one class where the slide rule, accurate only to three places, did you no good.

You could always tell the engineering & architecture students walking around campus with the slide rules hanging from their belts, obviously proud with a "my slide rule's bigger than yours" mentality.
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Old 05-26-2024, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Dr. Strangelove used a circular slide rule:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZct...hannel=DavidRF
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Old 06-02-2024, 01:32 PM
 
Location: SCW, AZ
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LOL...I thought it was a wristwatch!
Actually, it'd be pretty cool!
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Old 06-04-2024, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I did use one when I was very young.

Soon the term itself will probably draw nothing but puzzled expressions.
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Old 06-04-2024, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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I am 65 and probably just missed the slide rule by a decade or so. Compact Texas Instruments calculators were the thing when I was in high school (1974-1977) and undergrad (1977-1981), and by the time I got to grad school around 1984, the Apple II and the IBM PC XT personal computers (floppy disks! 8-bit processors!) were out there in our labs, though calculators continued to be a thing for some years yet.
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Old 06-09-2024, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I used one in HS.
Yes, of course they have been surpassed. But they were amazing tools.
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Old 06-18-2024, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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I graduated from engineering school (RPI) in 1970.
Slide rules all the way.
I was a K&E person.
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Old 06-18-2024, 04:04 PM
 
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It was mandatory for math and accounting 8th-10th grade. Calculator use for tests meant a time reduction. 77-79.
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Old Today, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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It was mandatory in my HS. I still know how to use it.

People who only get their wisdom from electronic gadgets would probably die during prolonged power outage.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2...yptic-blackout

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