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Issue 4 • April 1974

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    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s): 1
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):2 - 3
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    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):4 - 9
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  • Meetings

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):10 - 16
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):17 - 20
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s): 21
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Focal points: A review of current developments

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):24 - 29
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):30 - 32
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  • Spectral lines: Energy crisis: Seeking the real alternatives, IV

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s): 33
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    On this page in the previous three issues, we laid the groundwork for a discussion of alternatives to tackling the energy crisis. Meanwhile, the crisis has grown more complex, not only in the U.S. but in other advanced countries like Japan and England. If any point has emerged clearly, it is that threading our way back to normalcy can involve no single neat approach, and, on a corollary basis, def... View full abstract»

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  • Designers' tools: The big roundup of small calculators: Hand-held calculators are getting smaller and smarter; they make the slide rule a museum piece

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):34 - 41
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    Where engineering, science, and business are concerned, the portable personal calculator is rapidly moving from a novelty to a necessity. The technologists have found more than just a fancy replacement for their trusted slide rules. Running circles around any slipstick, the latest scientific portables feature memory, programming capability, and readouts in scientific notation, while turning out an... View full abstract»

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  • Technology forecasting: Planning: Toy or tool? Line managers frequently find little use for formal "forecasts." Here are guidelines for planners who wish to rectify that situation

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):42 - 49
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    Electrical engineers have shown a steadily increasing interest in the methodology of technological forecasting, assessment, and planning. Therefore, as a practitioner of this widely heralded art, I believe the time has come to examine realistically why it plays such a minor role in the actual process by which real-life business decisions are made. For the truth of the matter is that forecasting is... View full abstract»

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  • Transportation: The electric cars will it really go? It may not save energy but it could be cheaper, less polluting, and in the long haul, petroleum conserving

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):50 - 55
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    The author discusses the electric automobile. He discusses the pollution aspect, energy requirements, electric power plant primary fuels, and overall efficiency. Assumptions about possible future developments are discussed. A comparison is made between electric and gasoline automobiles in terms of energy. View full abstract»

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  • Sociotechnology: Secrecy in science: A dilemma revisited: While Government experts agree on the need for free scientific expression, some deliberate on related issues

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):56 - 57
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    Four U.S. Government leaders who have distinguished themselves in matters of science and technology responded to Spectrum's call for analytical comments on the question of secrecy in science. Their comments complement Spectrum's report on. science, secrecy, and the law (Nov. 1973, pp. 65¿70) in which both Justice Department and opposing views were presented. Despite the fact that all were asked t... View full abstract»

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  • Freedom and secrecy

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):57 - 58
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    With the end of World War II, the peoples of the Western democracies hoped for a return to the free and easy days of the prewar period. Instead, a new era of tension occurred symbolized by the phrase ¿Cold War.¿ View full abstract»

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  • Impediments to freedom of information

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):58 - 59
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    Being against secrecy and for greater freedom of scientific and technical information is like being against evil and for motherhood. And, while I believe that we must be ever alert to the possibility of suppressed information, I do not believe that this is as serious a problem today as it once was. At the very least I would seriously doubt if you will find many proponents of secrecy among scientis... View full abstract»

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  • Freedom and social responsibilities

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):59 - 60
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    Scientists are accustomed to thinking of freedom of information as a firm tradition ¿ the truths of physical knowledge are universal and if you don't disclose freely and rapidly a new truth you have discovered, someone may beat you to it. But even in pure science, and to a much greater extent in applied science and technology, constraints on release of technical information do exist, and always h... View full abstract»

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  • The information explosion - A logistics problem

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):60 - 61
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    It is pretty difficult to say anything on the subject of freedom of scientific and technological information except something nice. I do not intend that observation to be a facetious one. It is undeniably true that the strength, quality, and durability of our economy and, in fact, our country depend upon adequate scientific information and its judicious use. View full abstract»

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  • Rail transportation: West Germany: The phoenix rises: The German rail system rates among Europe's finest, perhaps partly because it sprang from the rubble of 1945

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):62 - 70
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    During World War II, the German Federal Railway ¿ and anything capable of ground transport of military materiel and manpower on wheels ¿ was systematically blasted by Allied air power in wall-to-wall or ¿carpet¿ bombing throughout the length and breadth of Germany and the occupied countries. Thus, the mainline routes were completely disrupted, the rolling stock and traction equipment were almo... View full abstract»

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  • Careers: The under-30 EE speaks out: In first-hand interviews, young electrical engineers reveal their pleasures and displeasures with the Institute

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):71 - 75
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    A young engineer said recently in a conversation with a colleague that while he thought Spectrum a good publication, he did not believe he should be expected to pay $35 a year for it. This EE seemed to be equating his payment of IEEE dues with, perhaps, the most visible product of the Institute; but there are many other Institute member services and the question lingers: Was he simply unaware of t... View full abstract»

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  • Perspective: A sunny outlook for solar power: At NSF, a fiftyfold increase in funding over four years may presage a bright future for its solar energy program

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):76 - 77
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    The present search for alternate forms of energy in the face of an ever-widening fuel crisis is beginning to take shape along many fronts. One of the most promising of the new technologies ¿ solar energy conversion ¿ has just been allocated $50 million for the 1975 fiscal year by the Nixon Administration. Considering that this amount is close to four times that of FY 1974, perhaps the years of e... View full abstract»

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  • Essay: Engineers are supersnobs

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):78 - 79
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    "Look what powerful tools we have! See how they grow and what they can do! Isn't it clear that these tools will permit us to build any kind of world we want?" Is not this thought, however it may be expressed, the theme for many engineering conferences and seminars today? I see in this enthusiastic and widely held attitude a not-so-magnificent obsession, even a conspiracy of forces that threatens t... View full abstract»

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  • Inside IEEE

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):80 - 81
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  • New product applications: Voltage to pulse rate converters assure synchronous pulse trains

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s):82 - 86
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  • Spectrum's hardware review

    Publication Year: 1974, Page(s): 86
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