IRE Transactions on Engineering Writing and Speech

Issue 2 • Dec. 1962

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): c1
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  • Inside front cover

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): c2
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  • Editorial: An open letter to PGEWS members

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): 37
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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): 38
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  • Bottoms up communications for creative innovation

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):39 - 43
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    In research and development operations, there must be rather dramatic emphasis on communication from the lower echelons upward. Free, often direct communication links between the younger, creative minds and the top-level planners are vital. When scientists are regarded as professionals only, rather than part of a company team, they tend to approach their problems as chemists, physicists, or engine... View full abstract»

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  • Research in communication: A progress report

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):44 - 49
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    In this review, research in Communication Theory is presented in four phases: analysis, research, development, and design, none of which has been thoroughly worked out. The attempts to analyze are shown by various “models” of the communication system. The research is presented mostly through the work of Shannon and Weaver as the modern school of “objectivists”. The semantics approach is discussed ... View full abstract»

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  • Toward a field theory of communication

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):50 - 54
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    Field theory of communication is concerned with adaptive activity within the framework of purpose — a state of affairs and a goal-state. Two controls may be used: Feedforward starts a verbal pattern whose organization permits receivers to anticipate the form the whole pattern will take. Also required is a mechanism to indicate differences between present state and goal-state, and which alters cont... View full abstract»

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  • Personal and structural factors in the communication of technical information

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):55 - 60
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    The communication practices in a technical field and also in a particular group(s) may affect significantly both the nature and quality of information generated as well as its diffusion and impact. Intentionally or otherwise, individuals who are a part of such groups are constantly communicating about themselves, their work and their group. As the quantity of information and the needs to communica... View full abstract»

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  • Stating the problem

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):61 - 64
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    Scientists and technologists today spend much of their time imparting and receiving communications. Extensive specialization is accompanied by an increase in new concepts that are not common property, but are restricted within many small fields. A step toward solution is for each specialist carefully to select the concepts used in his discourse. He must introduce all those that are relevant, exclu... View full abstract»

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  • Communicating the significance of scientific research

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):65 - 70
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    With expenditures climbing to over $12 billion per year, research has been called the nation's fastest growing industry. In a technological society in which the major research expenditures are publicly supported, an obligation exists to utilize efficiently research investigations. Wide dissemination of research studies, with particular emphasis on their significance, is a prerequisite for early pr... View full abstract»

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  • The scientist as communicator

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):71 - 74
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    To communicate effectively, the scientist or engineer today must be clear in his own mind as to the nature of his audience. In general, he will be concerned with three different audiences — fellow scientists or engineers working in the same field, scientists or engineers working in different fields but at the same professional level, and the public at large. Examples of how data and its significan... View full abstract»

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  • What should a retrieval system for scientific information do?

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):75 - 77
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    Some difficulties in getting answers to the question posed in the title are sketched — for example, the lack of knowledge about the true relationship of scientific literature and scientific discovery, and the differences in form and language used in various specialized fields. Some areas of needed research on retrieval systems for scientific information are suggested. View full abstract»

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  • Keeping research in contact with the literature: Citation indexes and beyond

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):78 - 82
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    The research man needs both to acquire specific information and to browse. The exponential growth of publication challenges old aids and makes additional demands upon new ones. The use of re-sorted lists of references, in the form of citation indexes, offers an effective way to deal with both obsolescence of subject classifications and exponential growth. At a later stage, citation indexes can bec... View full abstract»

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  • Storage and retrieval of technical documentation

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):83 - 86
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    Classical approaches (e.g., Dewey Decimal) for storing and retrieving today's staggering mass of technical documentation have proven ineffectual. This paper reviews problems of technical-information retrieval and the new techniques being developed for coping with them. Brief descriptions are given of available equipment applicable to such methods. However, these new techniques and equipment bring ... View full abstract»

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  • The role of the national science foundation in science information activities

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):87 - 93
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    The National Science Foundation was asked by Congress and by the President three years ago to assume national leadership in efforts to improve scientific information services both within and outside the Federal Government. Since that time, the Office of Science Information Service of the Foundation has taken steps to implement this role of review, coordination, and stimulation of activities in all... View full abstract»

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  • Comparison of methods of technical communication in the U. S. and Russia

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):94 - 98
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    In both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S., a number of information services, working in combination, form a national network. (Analogous systems in Poland and Denmark are also briefly discussed.) Although Russian systems are highly organized and far-reaching, they suffer some of the same difficulties as U.S. systems. Russia is very interested in mechanizing their information systems, but appear no more ad... View full abstract»

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  • Abstracts of recent literature

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): 99
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): 100
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  • Correspondence

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): 100
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  • Inside back cover

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s): c4
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Aims & Scope

This Transactions ceased production in 1962. The current retitled publication is IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.

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