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Issue 8 • Date Aug. 1982

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 1 - 3
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  • Contents

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  • Calendar

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 8 - 11
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 12
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 14
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 16
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  • Whatever happened to maglev?

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 17
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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 18 - 20
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    This column is intended as a commentary on the current commotions in the English language, with particular emphasis on the usages of our own technical community. Because few who care about the language are neutral, it will probably be seen as a laudable effort, badly misinformed, stunningly correct, dead wrong, essential, or trivia! Comments, commendations, and condemnations will be accepted. Readers' pet peeves are of particular interest. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines: Arms control III

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 21
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    In the June Spectral Lines we discussed some of the factors involved in arms control. In particular, we spoke of the concept of a global information cooperative that would use a series of earth-orbiting, intelligence-gathering satellites. We also mentioned studies by the International Federation of Automatic Control that would consider the international political arena as a system that might be modeled so as to teach methods of promoting stability. We mentioned the difficulties of such projects and the skepticism with which they are met. Yet as an alternative to continuing arms escalation they seem worthy of further consideration. View full abstract»

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  • Software I: Function-level computing: A new programming method, linked to radically different architectures, may greatly simplify software development

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 22 - 27
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    Describes a new programming method, linked to radically different architectures, which may greatly simplify software development. View full abstract»

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  • Software II: Automating programming: Researchers are beginning to shift the growing burden of programming to the computer itself

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 28 - 33
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    Discusses ways to shift the growing burden of programming to the computer itself. View full abstract»

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  • Software III: Programming for nonprogrammers: New languages are helping those who are not professionally trained to communicate with computers

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 34 - 38
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    New languages are helping those who are not professionally trained to communicate with computers. Now, new languages and programming systems are being developed and marketed to come to the aid of the growing ranks of nonprofessional programmers. The aim of these systems is to simplify programming radically, making it accessible to those who have little or no previous programming knowledge, or have no time to use more laborious conventional programming methods. The author discusses IBM Corp.'s Query-by-Example, and Xerox Corp.'s Smalltalk. QBE attempts to help the user with no previous experience, while Smalltalk, is for virtually any small computer user who needs to work faster. View full abstract»

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  • Technology: Holography: A reassessment: Holography enjoys a modest but secure and steadily growing position in areas, among others, such as nondestructive testing

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 39 - 45
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    Discusses two-dimensional image storage, holographic nondestructive testing, optical elements such as lenses, gratings, mirrors, and scanners made by holography, pattern recognition and recording techniques. The author also discusses microwave holography, acoustic holography, and X-ray holography. View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Wind turbines at work: High-capacity wind machines are being integrated with the electric power grid in oil-dependent, wind-rich areas

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 46 - 51
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    Discusses high-capacity wind machines which are being integrated with the electric power grid in oil-dependent, wind-rich areas. View full abstract»

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  • Standards: Antitrust ruling chills standards setting: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has clouded standards setting with the threat of antitrust liability

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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    The Supreme Court recently ruled that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers was responsible for the actions of its members who used the ASME standards-interpretation operation to violate antitrust law. The Court approved the assessment of treble damages ¿ more than $7 million ¿ against the ASME, which, it determined, had granted the members involved ¿apparent authority¿ to act on its behalf. The members issued an interpretation of a standard, and their interpretation was used by one company to frustrate the sale of a competing device. View full abstract»

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  • Careers: A skeptic views ethics in engineering: Competing with recession and unemployment for people's concern, ethics still manages to arouse lively debates

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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    Knowing how fickle human beings are and how short their attention span can be, one would have thought that by now concern with engineering ethics would be on the wane. After all, a decade has passed since Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the onset of the environmental crisis ¿ and also since several prominent civil engineers confessed to bribing the vice president of the United States. And it is 10 years since the scandal at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, in which three engineers were discharged for publicizing inadequacies in the trains' control system, thereby adding ¿whistle blowing¿ to the vocabulary of professional engineering. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Field, Service, and Prize Paper Award winners

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 58 - 59
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 60 - 61
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  • Meeting previews

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 62 - 65
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 66 - 67
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