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Issue 8 • Date Aug. 1984

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    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 1
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    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 1 - 2
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  • Contents

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 5 - 8
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  • Speakout

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 9 - 11
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 12 - 15
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 16 - 16O
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  • Continuum

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 17
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  • Innovations

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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  • Video

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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  • Program notes [reports of new computer programs]

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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  • Spectral lines: Caveat lector

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 25
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    In a recent issue of Chemtech, the results of an opinion survey of chemical engineers conducted during what we suspect may have been a fictitious meeting of the American Chemical Society were presented. Also, the methodology through which a responsible, respectable, and representative sample was achieved was described: ¿¿ only members of the society over 50 years of age who voted for Reagan in 1980 were asked to participate. Respondents were asked to check those words on [a] list that they felt applied to all splendid scientists (i.e., those most like themselves). To avoid any bias whatsoever, the inquiry was conducted on a double-blind basis: the [pollsters] subjected themselves to a high-alcohol-content diet for three days prior to the experiment, and each respondent was required to consume a minimum of one double martini before his responses were recorded.¿ The authors concluded that, beyond question, the poll ¿demonstrated that chemists, if not actually better than all other human beings, are, to say the least, a credit to their race and a damned fine group of upstanding and patriotic Americans, all of whom embody the finest attributes that can be attributed to those to whom those attributes can be attributed.¿¿ View full abstract»

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  • Making computers think like people: The term `fuzzy thinking¿ is pejorative when applied to humans, but fuzzy logic is an asset to machines in applications from expert systems to process control

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 26 - 32
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    Fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic are qualitatively described, and the way in which they operate is illustrated by an example of a fuzzy controller. The application of fuzzy concepts to expert systems and computer vision is also discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Turning neutrons into electricity: Spurred on by recent scientific triumphs at Princeton and Culham, England, engineers take up the challenge of designing practical fusion reactors that can compete with fossil-fuel power plants

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 33 - 42
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    The factors favoring the use of fusion power are discussed, and recent progress is briefly outlined. The problems encountered in the quest for a commercially feasible reactor are examined; these include first-wall and blanket material problems and plasma heating. Details of major fusion test reactors around the world are given. View full abstract»

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  • Photo-Electric 100: Winners of the IEEE Spectrum Centennial photography contest

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 43 - 47
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    Through sponsorship of the Photo-Electric 100 contest Spectrum sought to illuminate twin themes of the IEEE's 100th anniversary; the human richness of electrical engineering's past and the profound variety of its present. The contest was announced in the June 1983 issue of Spectrum. Its themes were represented by a pair of contest categories. One challenged contestants to capture some aspea of modem electrotechnology in their own photographs. The other covered historical photographs, whether or not taken by the entrant. Judges were professional photographers Steve Eisenberg (who created the cover for the June issue of Spectrum) and Michael Hirst, along vnth historians Robert Friedel and Joyce E. Bedi of the IEEE Center for the History of Electrical Engineering. In addition to those photographs selected by the judges for prkes and honorable mentions, five entries were recognized by Spectrum with an Editor's Special Award. The Grand Award winners received $1000 each. Second- and third-place winners received camera equipment contributed by Olympus Corp. View full abstract»

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  • The new television: Looking behind the tube: The viewer gets a host of new options with the advent of new frequency allocations. The likely impact on the traditional broadcaster is discussed in this first part of a two-part series

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 48 - 56
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    Viewers will have a host of new options with the advent of new frequency allocations. The likely impact on the traditional broadcaster is discussed in this first part of a two-part series. Among the issues considered are: improving both the transmitted and received image; stereophonic sound; low-power TV; and a multichannel multipoint distribution service. View full abstract»

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  • Propelling passengers fester than a speeding Bullet: As maglev urban railways get tracking, lines in West Germany, Japan, and Canada are expected to follow England's commercial lead

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 57 - 64
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    Discusses the advantages of magnetic levitation urban railway systems and their method of operation. The first systems are briefly described and recent advances covered. Research currently under way in Japan, Canada and Romania is also examined. View full abstract»

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  • The cat battery: Ill-starred and short-lived

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 65 - 67
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    This 100-year-old development had been little publicized. Oddly, the science editor of Life magazine was the first, in 1884, to write about its theory and application View full abstract»

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  • Awards: IEEE field award winners

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 68 - 69
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 70 - 73
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 74 - 75
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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 76 - 77
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 78 - 79
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1984 , Page(s): 80 - 89
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