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Television: The Life Story of a Technology
For better or worse, television has been the dominant medium of communication for 50 years. Almost all American households have a television set; many have more than one. Transmitting images and
Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money (review)
While Solnit’s book has moments of similar intensity, it is not entirely clear that an extended narrative essay format such as hers is able to sustain a similar feat.
Off the Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America (review)
David Morton wants to explain why recording technology has “become ubiquitous in our culture” and why it is important as “an everyday technology.” By examining “a few of the many small places where
Scanning the Issue
There, and Back Again: How Adolf Goetzberger Got to Solar Energy [Scanning Our Past]
  • A. Magoun
  • Engineering
    Proceedings of the IEEE
  • 15 April 2015
Adolf Goetzberger, the founder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Studies, has been recognized for his contributions to MOSFET innovation and photovoltaic energy conversion.
"Please rush all possible assistance" [History]
When the RMS Titanic scraped an iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, its wireless operators began sending distress calls on one of the world's most advanced radios: a 5-kilowatt rotary spark
Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (review)
Friedrich Kittler’s thesis is simple enough: “Media determine our situation, which . . . deserves a description” (p. xxxix). And so he describes the cultural environments in which the recording of
Between Performance and Complexity: G. David Forney, Jr., and the Utility of Information Theory
  • A. Magoun
  • Computer Science
    Proc. IEEE
  • 26 October 2018
This paper presents practical techniques to reach the “Shannon limit”-namely, the maximum data rate possible on a given communication channel using the most effective or sophisticated code available to maximize that data rate.
Corrections to "Jim Brittain and the Allure of Electrical History"
In [1] , the correct date that Jim Brittain died on should be March 8, 2018. The author regrets the error.