vacuum tube circuits

From: Gary Oliver <>
Date: Thu Jul 22 01:38:09 1999

At 09:37 PM 7/21/99 +0000, you wrote:
>At 06:26 PM 4/8/99 -0500, Lawrence wrote:
> >
> >Well, several people have asked about this book. Its "Digital Computer
> >components & circuits" by R. K. Richards, 1957, reprinted 1958. He says
> >its a companion book to his "arithmetic Operations in Digital Computers",
> >which the bookstore also has, but thats just a general boolean-logic type
> >of book.
> >
> >
> >-Lawrence LeMay
> >

I also recently a copy (around $15.00) by searching A.B.E.

I also managed to locate the companion "Arithmetic Operations..." which
is a fascinating book for describing 1957 technologies. Definitely
recommend these to anyone interested in tube and very early solid state

I found it interesting that this book is the ONLY book I have that
includes Edmund Berkeley's "Giant Brains" in it's bibliography. "Brains"
is *definitely* a book to add to your library, as well. Easy on the
hardware descriptions, but Berkeley was visionary in fortelling the
day-to-day uses of computers, writing when computers were mostly relays
and the *really advanced* computers had tubes.

BTW, A.B.E. is an association of small book sellers, not a seller itself.
But their network seems to be extended to a lot of small bookstores. Your
actual purchase is transacted with a specific member bookstore. Consequently
you get to search the shelves of some really neat stores - the kind that
would have old dusty books such as the above. And the prices are usually
very fair. I've not bought through bookfinder, but I suspect A.B.E. is
similar, judging by the look of their web pages.

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