Theory and Applications of Electron Tubes. Herbert J. Reich.
Theory and Applications of Electron Tubes
Jay Forrester's copy

Theory and Applications of Electron Tubes

New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. 1939. First Edition. xviii, 670 pages. 8vo. Publisher's dark green cloth with gilt spine lettering. "Forrester" in pencil and "Jay W. Forrester | 1340 J - B-1700." on the front flyleaf. Good. Cloth. [28791]

It is not surprising that this book was in Forrester's library - his work on magnetic core memory in later years was instrumental in the growth of computer memory until semiconductor technologies took over. Forrester also was significantly involved in the development of Whirlwind I at MIT and significant in early computing. While not an author signed copy, it is one of the better associations one could hope for of this book.

“Jay Wright Forrester (July 14, 1918 – November 16, 2016) was a pioneering American computer engineer and systems scientist. He is credited with being one of the inventors of magnetic core memory, the predominant form of random-access computer memory during the most explosive years of digital computer development (between 1955 and 1975). It was part of a family of related technologies which bridged the gap between vacuum tubes and semiconductors by exploiting the magnetic properties of materials to perform switching and amplification. He is also believed to have created the first animation in the history of computer graphics, a "jumping ball" on an oscilloscope.“ (wikipedia)

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