An Old Controversy, Partially Mistaken

Of all of the odd corners of the internet, the Internet Archive is, in my opinion, the most useful. I never go fishing there without finding something that (a) I never had any idea existed and (b) I desperately want to read. That said, one of the oddest documents I’ve come across there is “American …

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The Bitter End

When I started work as an engineer, everyone in the office performed calculations using pencil on pads of “calculation paper” – graph paper with pretensions – and marked up drawings using pencil. We had an office color code involving red, green, yellow, blue, and regular gray pencils; I later learned that every office had a …

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