MIT Rad Lab book series (PDF's)

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by RichardO, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. RichardO

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    At the end of World War Two the US was returning to pre-war conditions. Many scientists and engineers were returning to their civilian life. This included the huge research community that was involved in work on the development of RADAR. Much of this was done at the the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was realized that once all of these people left their wartime jobs their knowledge would be lost.

    The MIT Radiation Laboratory series of books were written to preserve this knowledge. The entire 28 volume set is available here:

    Anyone interested in the history of electronics during should look at these books. I was about ready to recommend one book, but I am sure that any of them would be a fascinating start.

    Enjoy. :D:D:D
  2. Mark Hughes


    Jun 14, 2016
    Thanks for sharing :) Neat find.
  3. RichardO

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    May 4, 2013
  4. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    One person seldom heard of that came out of Bletchley Park UK. was Gordon Welchman, born in the UK but emigrated to US and died there.
    Most of his work at Bletchley was centred on what was known as "traffic analysis" of encrypted German communications.
    This is roughly described as the practice of examining parts of messages that are standardized descriptors or headers, such as message origination, message destination, time/date information, and so on. Most cryptographers agree this is markedly easier than attacking cryptographic ciphers directly (although still very complicated and mathematically intensive processing is needed to make initial discoveries), and Welchman is credited with innovating the approach.
    This led to data analysis techniques that today we describe as "metadata" analysis.
    Some have credited his work with shortening WW11 by 2 or 3 years.
    His method is still in use and was included in the US search and discovery of Osama bin Laden.
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  5. RichardO

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    May 4, 2013