Their formal names were slide rules, and folks called them “slip-sticks.” They were literally analog computers. Many years ago, slide rules were de rigeur for engineers and scientists, and especially several generations of high school and college students.
Not only that, but Neil Armstrong used one, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog.
A team from Virginia Tech is at Wallops Island tomorrow morning (Thursday, August 23), for the launch of a suborbital rocket, carrying with it their experiments--and their hopes for a future in space exploration.
WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report. Video segment courtesy of the University of Colorado.
Twenty-six of Virginia’s brightest and most promising high school students interested in pursuing health care careers recently completed an intensive Governor’s School program hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.