I have my dad’s slide rule. It’s pretty cool. I don’t have a clue how it works, and frankly, don’t have the desire to learn. Dad was an engineer – an electrical engineer, Michigan State University grad. After he returned from WWII, he took a job in Dayton, OH at Frigidaire. (BTW: a subsidiary of General Motors at the time.) He said his job was to “break” the refrigerator. I told my friends he was a test driver.
Through college and his time at Frigidaire, I’m sure he and his sliderule were inseparable. When he joined his dad in business running a feed and grain mill, the slide rule was cased and not used much.
My former college roommate loved my parents and made a very nice wood case to display the slide rule and it’s leather case. I’m glad to have it, and display it proudly.
I guess long complicated computations can be made using sliderules. I wonder if it’s becoming a lost art, kind of like cursive writing.
She writes that she remembers using a slide rule in school. She’s younger than I and I don’t recall ever seeing a slide rule in school, let alone using one. Could be the difference in educational systems, I presume.
The Savvy Boomer told one of his students about slide rules and was asked “how old are you?”
Yeah, we’re that old.