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Bagaimanakah kita bekerdja dengan mistar hitung dan dengan tjakera hitung? How Do We Work with Linear and Circular Slide Rules? Scanned by Marvin Clarence of Jakarta from the original book in National Library of Indonesia.. Originally authored by C. de Galan; literary/scientific translation assistance by A. Pratikno, Copyright 1952 N.V. De Technische Uitgeverij H. Stam, Haarlem (Nederlands) Penerbit Buku Tehnik  H. Stam, DjakartaRaya (Indonesia) 135 pages, Softbound, Indonesian Language (RSS) Note: This book may be used in a classroom/course setting or by an autodidact learner as a course and workbook. It includes numerous practice problems and answers. Also note that circular slide rules have been generalised to 'Alro' because it is the most common brand of circular slide rule used within the Dutch Empire.  38.3MB  
All About Slide Rules 
a 2012 Oughtred Society Publication 111 pages Compiled by Richard Davis and Ted Hume from an original design by Bob Koppany.  6.8MB  
History of the Logarithmic Slide Rule by Florian Cajori School of Engineering, Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 1909. Scanned using OCR, with linkable table of contents. 
2.03MB or 5.64MB 

REF  Scan provided by Steven Decker Slide Rule In Electronics by John Carper, Director of Training, Calfornia Technical Trade Schools. Howard W. Sams Copyright ©1967 81/2in x 11in 162 pages, Spiral bound Note: 12 lessons, Used as a workbook as it includes many sample exercises 
17.9MB  
ISRM M314  Gifted with Kutsuwa 10" slide rule by By Phillip Rodley, UpperHutt, New Zealand The Slide Rule for Students of Science and Engineering By T.G.C. Ward, E.R.D., M.A., Head of The Mathematical Department, Welbeck College. And G.W. Blakely, B.A., Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, The Royal Academy, Sandhurst. English Universities Press City of London Published 1955 5in x 71/4in 100 pages, Softbound in 50 scans, Note: Used as a workbook as it Includes many sample exercises 
6.73MB  
ISRM M314  Gifted with Kutsuwa 10" slide rule by By Phillip Rodley, UpperHutt, New Zealand The Slide Rule for Ships Officers A treatise on slide rules for cargo, navigation and general use on board a ship both in port and at sea. (uses Mannheim slide rule as example. By J.C. Podmore Brown, Son & Ferguson, LTD. 5258 Darnley Street Glasgow Reprinted 1949 5in x 71/4in 130 pages, Softbound in 65 scans, 
17.2MB  
ISRM M286  Gifted with Kutsuwa 10" slide rule by By Phillip Rodley, UpperHutt, New Zealand How To Use The Slide Rule Forum House Publishing Company Copyright ©1968 51/2in x 81/2in 110 pages, Softbound Note: Used as a workbook as it Includeds many sample exercises 
27.2MB  
M273  Donated By Susan Jackson,Boulder, CO in memory of her father Jim Rodgers (19282012). Review Of Mathematics And Slide Rule  Nuclear Weapons Employment Course  c1955 Note: This course required that the student, Jim Rodgers in this case, a Naval aviator, be nominated to attend the course, by his command. The first chapter consisting of 18 pages is a review of albebra and the formulas of physics used in the deployment of nuclear warfare. The second chapter of 8 pages describes the application of the slide rule in solving the equations, which involves numerous exponents.
Weapons Employment Course 
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M291 Mathematics Made Easy  With a section on slide rule use. By Frank A. Rappolt, B.S., C.E., M.S. and P.E. Professor of the School of Technology College of the City of New York Copyright 1941 Austin Technical Publishers, Newark, New Jersey. 76 pages, on 38 scanned sheets, Softbound 
21.73MB  
M292 Simplified Mathematics For Daily Use an How To Use the Slide Rule By Frank A. Rappolt, B.S., C.E., M.S. and P.E. Professor of the School of Technology College of the City of New York Copyright 1943 by A. Neil Sawyer Doubleday & Doran Company, Garden City. 209 pages, Hardbound Note: Scan includes Title, Preface, Table of Contents and Part Two on slide rules, with Log tables. 
18.2MB  
M29 A Course In Slide Rules By E. Justin Hills, Los Angeles City Schools Revised Edition, Copyright 1943, 1950 by Ginn and Company Copyright 1938 by E. Justin Hills 108 pages, Softbound Note: Includeds Illustration of K&E, Pickett, Gilson and Rotarule slide rules 
34.2MB  
M30 The Modern Slide Rule A Manual of SelfInstruction for Schools, Colleges and the Professional User By DR. Richard Stender & K.K. McKelvey Third English Edition, Macmillan and Company Ltd., London First Published 1960, reprinted 1964 120 pages, softbound Note: Uses Aristo Scholar Slide Rule in Illustration Examples 
28.8MB  
M231 The Slide Rule And Its Use In Problem Solving by George C. Beakley, Arizona State University and H.W. Leach, Bell Helicopter Company Fourth Printing 1970, Copyright 1969  The Macmillan Co. 10" x 7" Paperbound, 194 pages Note: Earlier edition entitled The Slide Rule (c)1953 by Leach and Beakely. Part one reprinted from Engineering: An Introduction to a Creative Profession. Part Two reprinted from Careers in Engineering and Technology 
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M22 Slide Rule  A Practical Guide to its Use Formerly published under the title: Practical Use of the Slide Rule By Calvin C. (Collier) Bishop, Pasedena, California Second Edition, 1952. Copyright 1947, 1952 Barnes & Noble, Inc., College Outline Series Note: The Original red cover is priced at $0.75 USD. Text is the same as M28 Slide Rule and How to Use it. 
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M28 Slide Rule How To Use It  A Practical Guide to its Use Formerly published under the title: Practical Use of the Slide Rule College Outline Series By Calvin C. (Collier) Bishop, Pasedena, California Third Edition, 1955. Reprinted 1960, Copyright 1947, 1952, 1955 Barnes & Noble, Inc., Everyday Handbooks Note: 6 printings in circulation with 4 versions (in ISRM archives) with prices marked $1.00, $1.25 or $1.50 USD. The Original red cover is priced at $0.75 USD. 
27.5MB  
M233 The Slide Rule And How To Use It (1953) by Hobart H. Sommers, M.A., Austin High School Harry Drell B.S., Lockheed Aircraft Company and T.W. Wallschlaeger, M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology 1953 Version, Copyright 1942,1947  Follet Publishing Co. 61/4" x 91/4" Hardbound, 208 pages Note: The 1941 (red), 1942 (blue), and 1947 versions had a larger format, cover size: 9" x 101/2" which include space for an included Lawrence Deluxe Slide Rule. The sleeve for the slide rule was glued to the front cover for use by the student. All versions have identical text and problem sets. 
49.8MB  

M220 An Easy Introduction to The Slide Rule by Issac Asimov  Copyright 1965 Fawcett Publications 67 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 1941, 4 x 7", Softbound, 160 pgs (200 dpi) 
33.1MB 
REF The Slide Rule, A Practical Manual by Charles N. Pickworth 6th Edition  Copyright April 1900 Emmott and Co. 204 pages 
2.82MB  
REF Technical Mathematics  Textbook by Harold S. Rice and Raymond M. Knight Copyright 1954  Library of Congress Cat #: 5312436 McGrawHill Book Company 6" x 9" 750 pages File covers only sections using slide rules to solve problems. Scans: 22 sheets  44 pages 
23.5MB  
REF  Scanned by John Krijnen, Netherlands Der Rechenschieber (The Slide Rule) By H.W. Fricke  1970 200 pages Hardbound German Language 
33.5MB  
REF  Scanned by John Krijnen, Netherlands Der Rechenstab Und Seine Verwendung (The slide rule and its use) By Dr. Helmar Lehmann  1970 124 pages Hardbound German Language 
17.5MB  
M163  The Slide Rule By Lee H. Johnson, Dean of Engineering, Univ of Mississippi Third Printing, D. Van Norstrand Co. First Published 1949, Reprinted 1951, 1953 6" x 81/2"  240 pages Hardbound Uses K&E slide rules in illustrations and examples 
1949 1st Edition 7.8MB 

REF  Digitized by Google Book Search A history of Mathematics By Florian Cajori, Phd 2nd Edition, The McMillan Co.  1893, 1919 537 pages 
15MB  
REF  Scanned by Google Book Search The Colorado School of Mines Magazine Index  Volume VII 1917 See Page 8889 (PDF page 9899) A historical Sketch of the Developement of the Slide Rule By F.A. Brown Class of '18 Colorado School of Mines 254 pages 
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REF  Digitized by Microsoft William Oughtred, A Great 17th Century Teacher of Mathematics by Florian Cajori The Open Court Publishing Co. 1916  114 pages 
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REF  Digitized by Microsoft A Treatise of Mathematical Instruments By Heather, J. F. (John Fry), d. 1886 John Weale, publisher. 1856  216 pages. Contains a complete description of a range of tools that are useful in mathematics, surveying, architecture, navigation, drafting, gunnery, physics, and illustration. It covers the sector (a form of calculator that predates the slide rule), the gunner's calipers, the proportional compasses, and a variety of lesser instruments. Examples show how to use all of the instruments, with extensive details on architectural drawing, plane geoemtry, spherical trigonometry, unit conversion, surveying, perspective drawing, and ship's guns (cannons and mortars). 12 plates of figures illustrate and clarify the text. 
10.3MB As scanned 

REF  Digitized by Google Book Search SlideRule Notes By H.C. Dunlop and C.S. Jackson Longman's Mathematical Series  1913 144 pages Hardbound 
1.67MB  
REF  Digitized by Google Book Search Marks Mechanical Engineers Handbook 1st Edition Editor Lionel Marks McGrawHill  1916 1892 pages Hardbound See Sections on Logarithms (page 91) and the Slide Rule (page 94) 
81.96MB  
M225  Gift to Mike Konshak by Chuck Ernst Marks Mechanical Engineers Handbook 2nd Edition Editor Lionel Marks McGrawHill  1924 1892 pages Hardbound Only the Section on the Slide Rule (page 9497) is scanned at 300 dpi. 
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REF  Digitized by Google Book Search The 50 Centimetre Slide Rule as Applied to Tacheometry and Curve Ranging with Tables By T. Graham Gribble Cambridge University Press  1911 21 pages Hardbound 
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REF  Digitized by Google Book Search Instructions For The Use Of The Slide Rule Applied to Computations Relating to Practical Husbandry and of The Cattle Gauge For Ascertaining the Carcass Weight of Oxen By John Ewart_ NewcastleonTyne  1847 101 pages 
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REF  Scan by Greg Scott The Slide Rule  A Complete Manual by Alfred L. Slater, Los Angeles City College Copyright 1967, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. 306 pages 
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REF  Scan by Greg Scott The Complete Side Rule Instructor Containing upwards of three hundred questions and solutions for the improved slide rule, adapted for the use of engineers, millwrights, cotton spinners, mechanics, blacksmiths, moulders, and artisans in general. by William Patten, Engineer, AshtonUnderLyne. 1858, Kent and Co. London 85 pages 
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REF  Scan by Greg Scott The Slide Rule For Air And Sea Navigation by J.C. Podmore 1933, 1957, 1974, Brown, Son & ferguson, Ltd, Glasgow. 140 pages 
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REF  Scan by Greg Scott Mechanics Assistant: Mensuration And The Sliding Rule Teaching the manner of drawing all regular superficies and the most concise methods of finding areas of all regular superficies, and the contents of all regular solids. Treating also the laws of motion, The descent of falling bodies, The strength of materials, the mechanical powers, The elasticity and force of steam, specific gravities, The leveling, The pendulum, etc. by D.M. Knapen, A.M. 1849, D. Appleton & Co. New York 140 pages 
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REF  Digitized by Google Book Search The Compass  Monthly Journal, Vol 3, 18931894 Wide variety of topics. Edited By William Cox 1894, Keuffel & Esser Co. New York 183 pages 
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M91 A Programmed Sequence On The Slide Rule By Roberts  1962 by Eugene Roberts, Polytechnic High School, San Francisco, California Copyright 1962 by the Regents of the University of California Chemical Education Material Study W.H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 64 pages 
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REF Digitized by Google Book Search The Use Of The Slide Rule by Allan Reginald Cullimore 1915 Toledo University Keuffel & Esser New York, NY 40 pages 
1.25MB 

M232 Using The Slide Rule In Electronic Technology by E. Charles Alvarez, Pierce College, Woodland Hils, California Fourth Printing 1966 Copyright 1962, John F. Rider Publisher Inc., New York 
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M67 The Slide Rule By Rufus T. Strohm, Dean of Faculty International Correspondance Schools Copyright 1939, International Textbook Company Scranton, Pennsylvania 86 pages 
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M27 Newn's Slide Rule Manual By F.J. Camms, editor Practical Engineering" George Newnes Limited Morrison and Gibb Ltd, London and Edinburgh Copyright 1944, 1946, 1948 112 pages Hardbound 
27.4MB 

M68 Teach Yourself  The Slide Rule By Burns Snodgrass. M.B.E., A.R.C.S. 1955, 1958. The English Universities Press 102 Newgate Street, London 207 pages Hardbound Note: Uses "Unique" Slide Rule in example illustrations 
45.7MB 

M230 Simplifying The Slide Rule by Robert W. Marks Copyright 1964, Bantam Books, New York Practice exercises by Keuffel & Esser, Copyright 1938,1944,1945,1947,1954,1955,1962 4 in x 7 in, 142 pages 
20.7MB 

M199  Donated by Tom Grosh, Sierra Vist, AZ. Scanned by Kent Berglund, PhD.Cary, IL The Slide Rule  Tutortext By Robert Saffolf and Ann Smalley  1962 Doubleday  Prepared by U.S. Industries, Educational Science Division 6" x 81/2"  470 pages Hardbound, 235 scanned pages. 
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M370  Gift of Jüergen Nestler Die Nestlers  Geschichte einer Lahrer Unternehmerfamilie or The Nestlers  History of a Lahr (a city) Entrepreneur Family Edited by Joachim Becker and Bernd Friedrich 2016, 9in x 10in, Hardbound, 368 pgs For more than a hundred years, the Nestlers play an important role in the economic life of the city of Lahr. With ten contributions from seven authors, the book illuminates the family and economic history of the Nestlers in different ways. The Albert Nestler family, is of particular interest to Slide Rule Collectors and researchers. Lahr is located on the western edge of the Black Forest where the Schutter Valley merges with the Upper Rhine River Plains from the east. The text is all in German. Juergen Nestler signed and donated a copy for the ISRM curator. "For Mike". Available on Amazon. ISBN 9783863720469 

REF Our Worldwide Knowledge on Calculating Machines, Slide Rules and Calculating Tools.  An Approach for a Comprehensive Overview of the Knowledge from Past until Present . By Dr. Detlef Zerfowski 2013, Din A4, Hardbound, 1574 pgs, Indian ISBN number 9788184658279. Written in both German and English languages. Has references to over 9000 books and articles and lists over 9100 patents in the domain of mechanical calculating machines and tools. Can be purchased directly through Detlef's website. It will be shipped from his home in India. When you buy this book, please let Detlef know that you heard of it through sliderulemuseum.com. Thank you! 
Sample Pages p00030010 Contents and Preface 107KB p11231124 Patents slide rules 53KB p12591260 Patents slide rules 60KB 


M71 Slide Rules Their History By Peter Hopp 1999, 8.5 x 11, Softbound, 310 pgs Featuring: Mostly European. This is the first book that the ISRM curator reaches for when looking for historical references on artifacts. A must have for the collector. Monumental in its scope and the wealth of detail it provides, this book is an invaluable reference on slide rules, their makers, manufacturers, and retailers. Covering the period from the instrument's invention in the early 17th century to the present day, this comprehensive treatise illuminates all aspects of slide rule design and production. The author includes a staggering amount of information, all crossreferenced, on slide rule models and their makers and manufacturers. In all, several thousand slide rule descriptions are catalogued. The book also includes: a history of the slide rule and the evolution of standard designs, biographies of some of the influential figures in slide rule design; approximately 500 worldwide patents, catalogued by year for dating purposes; descriptions of scales and gauge marks; a section on the care and restoration of slide rules; a glossary of terms used; 8 appendices and 18 tables of correlated information; a comprehensive bibliography. 


REF Joint Slide Rules By Peter Hopp 2009, 8.5 x 11, Softbound, 202 pgs For hundreds of years, the slide rule has been a useful calculating device. In his second book, Joint Slide Rules: Sectors, 2foot 2fold and similar slide rules, expert Peter M. Hopp examines the joint rule, completing an important but neglected part of slide rule history. The book is a comprehensive account of joint rules and contains detailed information on over two hundred joint slide rule makers from around the world. Calculating devices that preceded the slide rule, such as sectors and timber rules, are examined, as are special joint rules that incorporate additional elements, such as callipers. Special jointed devices, such as dip rods that allow calculation, are also included. With the addition of over one hundred detailed illustrations of joint slide rules and a glossary of terms, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in joint slide rules and their history. 

REF Slide Rules: A Journey Through Three Centuries >By Dieter Von Jezierski Originally published in German in 1977 as the first major book on the history of the slide rule since Florian Cajori's A History of the Logarithmic Slide Rule, this newly revised and translated edition of Slide Rules, A Journey Through Three Centuries, offers readers a fresh, more Continental perspective on this most fascinating of calculating instruments. The book is an important piece of historical and technological research, in which the author includes the history of the slide rule from its beginnings in the 17th century, through its gradual adoption and development worldwide during the 19th and 20th centuries, to its sudden and almost complete demise in the mid1970s. He also covers the evolution of various slide rule components, technologies, and manufacturing processes, as well as histories of the major slide rule manufacturers and their product lines during the last 100 years. There are detailed references to original sources throughout, which the reader may use as a springboard to further study and research. Readable and very informative, this is a book that, together with those of Cajori and Peter Hopp, any slide rule collector or historian of technology will find of great interest and real benefit. 

REF A Treatise of Mathematical Instruments By John Robertson, David Manthey A reprint of A Treatise of Mathematical Instruments  1856 by J.F. Heather contains a complete description of a range of tools that are useful in mathematics, surveying, architecture, navigation, drafting, gunnery, physics, and illustration. It covers the sector (a form of calculator that predates the slide rule), the gunner's calipers, the proportional compasses, and a variety of lesser instruments. Examples show how to use all of the instruments, with extensive details on architectural drawing, plane geoemtry, spherical trigonometry, unit conversion, surveying, perspective drawing, and ship's guns (cannons and mortars). 12 plates of figures illustrate and clarify the text. This is a good book, well produced, but remember that it is a reporing of a book from 1856, the cover is a lot more recent. It is a facsimile of the original edition, which can be awkward to read with its strange letters "s" and antiquated terminology. A free download of the original book is available above in the ISRM library. 

REF Calculating On Slide Rule and Disc By I. J. Schuitema, H. van Herwijnen Author IJzebrand Schuitema owns one of the largest slide rule collections in the world. In the course of his collecting, he came upon rules that were unknown to him and that excited his curiosity. This book is a compilation of the articles he wrote about these wonderful slide rules, each one made for a specific and unique use, and about the men who designed and manufactured them. There is the slide rule that computes road curvature, one that calculates for sewerage applications, one that provides navigational information for flyers, one for brewers that computes barley malt, water, hops, and yeast and then takes into account time, temperature and pressure and there are many, many more. Ir. Schuitema was fortunate to have as his associate in this enterprise Herman van Herwijnen, who describes himself as a slide rule collector and computer freak. He has compiled a marvelous CD, designed for the PC and included with the book, featuring an enormous number of photographs (in full color and from all sides and angles) of all the rules mentioned in the book, as well as a great many additional ones. Each rule is accompanied by a description material it is made of, size, name, etc. Each picture can be enlarged several times, so that every detail is seen. The disc can be searched, browsed, its index can be used to take the reader to a particular slide rule maker or to a particular slide rule, and individual pictures can be printed or copied. 208 pages. 7 x 10. Profusely illustrated. Soft cover. 

REF The Slide Rule, Simplified, Explained, and Illustrated for the Mechanical Trades By Robert Riddell Once more, Astragal Press has rescued an old and rare book from obscurity, allowing for the broad circulation of information previously limited to the select few who could afford access. This book, first published in 1881, was written about the use of the first standard slide rule made in the United States: a Mannheimtype slide rule made by Stephens Co., a mjor rule manufacturer. Included in Riddell's book, aimed primarily at carpenters and joiners, is a wealth of fascinating instruction on the use of the slide rule in everything from making the calculations necessary for constructing circular porches and spiral stairways, to calculating wages owed or the cost of hauling lumber. Included, as well, are lovely plates illustrating various geometric and trigonometric calculations used in construction. As a source book, it should be of great interest and value to tool collectors, slide rule 

REF A History of the Logarithmic Slide Rule and Allied Instruments and on the History of Gunter's Scale and the Slide Rule During the Seventeenth Century By Florian Cajori, PHd. Astragal Press, 1994, Hardcover, 164pgs. 

REF The Slide Rule Paperback, A Practical manual  Reprinted  September 15, 2018. From the Introduction. The slide rule may be defined as an instrument for mechanically effecting calculations by logarithms. Those familiar with logarithms and their use will recognize that the slide rule provides what is in effect a concisely arranged table of logarithms, together with a simple and convenient means for adding and subtracting any selected values. Those, however, who have no acquaintance with logarithms will find that only an elementary knowledge of the subject is necessary to enable them to make full use of the slide rule. It is true that for simple sliderule operations, as multiplication and division, a knowledge of logarithms is unnecessary.
Note: the 6th edition from 1900 is available for download from ISRM on a PDF, but it is better to get something you can hold.. 

M220 An Easy Introduction to the Slide Rule Paperback by Isaac Asimov January 1, 1967
Note: the book is available for download from ISRM on a PDF, but it is better to get something you can hold.It is hard to find, so buy it if you can. 

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A Manual of the Slide Rule: Its History, Principle, and Operation Paperback by J.E. Thompson January 27, 2021 This manual of slide rule history andd usage, as well as a detailed guide to its functions, includes typical use, problems, and settings. This is a facsimile reprint of a book originally published in 1930 by D. Van Nostrand Company. 

Slide Rule Simplified By Charles Overton Harris 1948, 1961, 248 pages 

Slide Rule Simplified By Charles Overton Harris Newer Version January 1, 1972, 336 pages Publisher : American Technical Society; 3rd edition (January 1, 1972) 

Thacher's Calculating Instrument, or Cylindrical SlideRule, Containing Rules and Directions Hardcover  May 23, 2016
by Edwin Thacher (Author)
Reproduction of book published before 1923. 86 pages. 
Copyright © 2003 International Slide Rule Museum
