Slide rules helped take people to the moon and back yet techies today find them to perplexing, mysterious objects. Join us to see actual slide rules and find out how they work.
According to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History:
"From the late 19th century until about 1970, slide rules served as the principal calculating instruments for engineers, scientists, electricians, navigators, high school and college students, and others. ... slide rule cases that attached to a belt loop were as common a sight on the hips of technical students in the 1950s and 1960s as cell phone cases were in the 1990s and 2000s.
About the Speaker
Mike Morgan grew up in the Northeast corner of the US, where he acquired an appreciation for precise woodworking from his grandfather. Undergraduate and advanced degrees in engineering followed, creating a geek's affinity for slide rules and for doing math in one's head. Upon retirement after 40 years as a faculty member at UW Seattle, he re-discovered the rewards of woodworking and over the past five years, he has learned many new techniques from the more experienced members of the BARN woodworkers' studio.
Questions? Direct any questions to Annette Walker, ETA Studio Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org (an engineer who got a slide rule at Rotary but has no clue how it works)
About ETA Sunday Tech Talks
Mark your calendar for the second Sunday of each month when ETA holds a free tech talk. Topics are wide-ranging by design. Free for members and non-members. Contact email@example.com to volunteer for a future talk or to share your ideas for an interesting topic.
February's tech talk will be about designing real life products (toys!) using Fusion 360 with Doug Mackey. Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
Note: Images are in the public domain. They are part of the CIA's Cartography Tools collection, a fascinating assortment of 211 photos worth checking out. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ciagov/albums/72157674852500522