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  • OS Webmaster Retires: Mike Konshak, long time webmaster for the Oughtred Society, has retired and will be replaced by Richard Davis and Clark McCoy. The Oughtred Society would like to thank Mike for his many years of service. Mike will continue to operate his excellent International Slide Rule Museum website.
  • Colin Barnes (1940-2016), one of the most famous names in slide rule collecting passed away at the age of 76. Colin Barnes was a founding member of the United Kingdom Slide Rule Circle (UKSRC). He was the inspiration and original editor of Skid Stick, the thrice yearly UKSRC newsletter as well as the annual UKSRC Slide Rule Gazette and someone who has been a part of the international slide rule collecting fraternity for over three decades. Colin was a Fellow of the Oughtred Society and Oughtred Society Award winner in 1996 and JOS contrubutor. More on Memoriam page
  • All About Slide Rules is a free 25mb PDF download of the 2nd Edition of the highly acclaimed Oughtred Society Slide Rule Reference Manual. (See more about the Manual HERE).
  • The Slide Rule Technical Cultural Heritage, This Oughtred Society reprint of IJzebrand Schuitema's classic is a must have for the serious slide rule collector or enthusiast. This book succeeds in sharing with the reader the vast knowledge and experience of Dutch collector Schuitema from his 20-year quest for slide rules. Included are descriptions of a variety of specialty slide rules from various countries, an overview of slide rule history and patents, ideas for exhibiting, and information about three European manufacturers. Much of his collection of over 3,000 slide rules and extensive library resides at the Arithmeum Museum in Bonn, Germany. English, Perfect Bound, 8.5" x 11", 272 pages, 30 in full color, 29 ounces. $35.00 plus shipping.
  • Collectanea de Logarithmis
    For more than ten years Klaus Kühn has studied the history of logarithms and of logarithmic tables. At the IM2013 meeting in Berlin he presented the results of his study, packaged in a tool called Collectanea de Logarithmis (Collected Works Concerning Logarithms). The tool gives access to thousands of tables, articles, books, and other publications on history of the invention, calculations, tabulations and applications of logarithms from Early Modern Age until the present - 2014 being the quadri- centennial anniversary of Napier's first book on the logarithm, Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio. The tool consists of a DVD with a USB-stick protection "dongle", giving access to an online database. Collectanea de Logarithmis can be purchased at €50 from Klaus Kühn. More Information
  • Highlights of Thomas Wyman Collection to be Auctions at IM2015 - Download this PDF file for photos of a few of the specimens being auctioned at the meeting September 25-27, 2015 located in Burlingame, California. Wyman Collection Highlights (5MB PDF).

  • Derek Slater of Kettering, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom passed away on March 29, 2015. Derek was an active collector and member of UKSRC and the Oughtred Society, Derek died on Sunday, peacefully here with all of his family and he knew that they were there. He had been in failing health for a long time (fibrosis of the lungs) but the final stage of being confined to bed lasted less than a fortnight. A funeral was held on Tuesday April 7 at Warriston Crematorium, 36 Warriston Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HW at 9.30 am. There will be a cheerful celebration of his life in Northamptonshire in the summer.
  • Call for Papers for IM2015 - September 25-27 2015 located in Burlingame, California. The theme for this meeting will be From Logarithms to Algorithms: Bridging 400 Years of Scientific and Computing Evolution to reflect both the recent celebration of the Quadricentenary of Napier's work on logarithms as well as to highlight the importance of Silicon Valley to computing the rapid advances in technology during our lifetimes.
    Download more information and guidelines: IM2015 Call For Papers (PDF).
  • IM2015 - September 25-27 2015 located in Burlingame, California.
    The Oughtred Society is pleased to be co-hosting the International Meeting of Slide Rule Collectors - IM 2015 in conjunction with special events and displays at the Computer History Museum, a tour of the impressive display of Bob Otnes' slide rule and calculator collection, and a sale of important items from the Tom Wyman and David Gamble Collections. The theme for this meeting will be...

    From Logarithms to Algorithms:
    Bridging 400 Years of Scientific and Computing Evolution

    to reflect both the recent celebration of the Quadricentenary of Napier's work on logarithms as well as to highlight the importance of Silicon Valley to computing the rapid advances in technology during our lifetimes.

    Details and Registration.: IM2015 Registration

  • Tom Wyman, who served as our first Oughtred Society president from 1997 to 2007, passed away in Palo Alto, CA on March 17, at the age of 86. Tom became suddenly ill on the morning of March 10 from a brain aneurysm and passed away after a short hospital stay. Tom is survived by his wife, Ellen, daughter Susan, son Tom, and four grandchildren.
  • The Oughtred Society 2013 Hall of Fame.
    In 2013, Clark McCoy (USA) was given the Oughtred Award. and five Fellowships were added to the roles: Klaus Krämer (Germany), Gonzalo Martin (France),Willy Robbrecht (Belgium), Carl Strange (USA), and Marc Thomas (France).
  • Beginner's Guide to Collecting Slide Rules (1.54Mb PDF) is a new publication on this website. It contains the following chapters:
    - Why collect slide rules?
    - What slide rules to collect?
    - What makes a slide rule valuable?
    - Where to buy slide rules?
    - How to find more information about slide rules?
    - Slide rules that are popular with collectors.
    The last chapter is a list of 97 suggested slide rules in 4 categories -- Inexpensive, Medium priced, Higher priced, Highest priced. Thumbnail images appear in the 4 categories above and are clickable to view a detailed image with description for each rule.
    Beginners Guide was created by Ted Hume and Rod Lovett.
  • Rarities Gallery - Check out the new gallery in the menu which has rare examples of slide rules belonging to members of the Oughtred Society.
  • Classic Slide Rules is a new addition to this website, a collection of slide rules in four classic categories – Historic Design, Most Popular, Top of the Line or Scarcest, and Specialty. Images and descriptive information are provided for each of the 147 rules in the collection. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
    Classic Slide Rules was created by Ted Hume and Rod Lovett.
  • The Fall 2013 (Vol 22.2) Journal will contain the following articles and more:
    • Pickett C-19 by Richard Hughes
    • The Reticle Cursor by Rodger Shepherd, et al
    • A 21st Century Slide Rule by Marion Moon
    • Transistors, Compucracy, and Jobs by Alex Green
    • Soho Excise Rules by Tom Wyman
    • A 13 Year Project by Detlef Zerfowski
    • Elias van Lennep by Werner Rudowski
    • K&E Sperry Pocket Watches by Peter Hopp
    • Multiplication Tables from the 11th Century by Stefan Weiss
    • Two Cadrans Logarithmiques by Leblond and Gattey for Old to New by Otto van Poelje & Michel Morizet
  • Sample Articles from the Journal of the Oughtred Society. The Oughtred Society is pleased to present five articles from past issues of the Journal - click the titles below to download the PDF files.

  • The 2013 Oughtred Society Winter Meeting and Auction was held in Tucson, Arizona on February 16, 2013, at the world-renowned Pima Air and Space Museum. Peruse the Meeting Report (1.36MB PDF) by hosts Richard Davis and Martha Prince.
  • The Oughtred Society 2012 Hall of Fame. The Oughtred Society is pleased to announce that George Keane has been given the 2012 Oughtred Award..
  • The Fall 2012 (21.2) Journal will contain the following articles and more:
    • The Faber Manuals by Pickworth
    • Chemical Slide Rules: Their History and Use
    • Oughtred Society Scholarship Program
    • Reactance and Associated Slide Charts
    • The Holdman Slide Rule That is Not a SR
    • SRs and WWII Bombing: a Personal History
    • K&E's Beatley IQ Slide Rule
    • Inside the Otis King Patent Calculator
    • Wichman Aristo: Determining True North
    • Alternative Trig. Solutions for Rietz-type SRs
    • The 'Reka Rechenapparat' and Other Tablets
    • Tens Carry...Josef Funke's Adding Device
    • About a French Circular Slide Rule...
    • Book Reviews
    • Two Celestial Navigation Slide Rules
    • Winter Meeting Attendees in California
    • Member Survey 2012
    • Oughtred Society Annual Meeting
  • Sample Articles from the Journal of the Oughtred Society. The Oughtred Society is pleased to present five articles from past issues of the Journal - click the titles below to download the PDF files.
  • The Fall 2012 (21.2) Journal will contain the following articles and more:
    • The Faber Manuals by Pickworth
    • Chemical Slide Rules: Their History and Use
    • Oughtred Society Scholarship Program
    • Reactance and Associated Slide Charts
    • The Holdman Slide Rule That is Not a SR
    • SRs and WWII Bombing: a Personal History
    • K&E's Beatley IQ Slide Rule
    • Inside the Otis King Patent Calculator
    • Wichman Aristo: Determining True North
    • Alternative Trig. Solutions for Rietz-type SRs
    • The 'Reka Rechenapparat' and Other Tablets
    • Tens Carry...Josef Funke's Adding Device
    • About a French Circular Slide Rule...
    • Book Reviews
    • Two Celestial Navigation Slide Rules
    • Winter Meeting Attendees in California
    • Member Survey 2012
    • Oughtred Society Annual Meeting
  • Sample Articles from the Journal of the Oughtred Society. The Oughtred Society is pleased to present five articles from past issues of the Journal - click the titles below to download the PDF files.

  • September 21-23, 2012 IM 2012 - 18th International Meeting of Slide Rule & Historic Calculating Instrument Collectors "SLIDE RULES for the TRADES". The UK Slide Rule Circle is pleased to again host this regular annual event. This will be held at Bletchley Park, home of the wartime codebreakers. Our main meeting will take place in the Library of the historic Victorian Mansion. See further information under Meetings.

    Printable Information. 396Kb PDF
    Registration Form 27Kb PDF

  • Message Board - We now have a way to communicate with each other on a secure Message Board: Use this forum to read or post messages for exchanging information. You must be a current OS member and log-in to post messages. Give it a try!
  • 2011 Awards & Fellowships were announced at the IM2011 held in Boston, USA - go to the OS Awards webpage to see who the 2011 OS Award went to and which members were honored with a Fellowship.
  • Second edition of the Pocket Book of the Gauge Marks by P. Venetsianos.
    From 2006 through 2010, new members of the Oughtred Society were pleasantly surprised to receive with their very first Journal a complimentary copy of the Pocket Book of the Gauge Marks by Panagiotis (Pano) Venetsianos. The booklet contained some sixty pages of gauge marks, the special marks along slide rule scales for often-used constant values.
    The Oughtred Society is out of stock of these original booklets; however, Pano has now published under the aegis of the Oughtred Society a second edition of the booklet, greatly extended to more than 140 pages. This new version is available for sale to ALL slide rule collectors at the no-profit cost price. The Internet on-demand publishing service Lulu has been chosen to produce and ship the second edition booklets. The initial price is $8.94 excluding shipping (typically $3.99 USPS).
    To order a copy go to lulu.com and search for books in the English language using the keyword "venetsianos".
  • The UKSRC has announced that the UK's largest public exhibition of slide rules has been unveiled at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, the specimens being contributed by the members of UKSRC. News anouncements may be seen at MKNEWS. The members of the Oughtred Society wish to congratulate UKSRC for this achievement in bringing slide rules to the British public.
  • IM2011 (International Meeting of Slide Rule Collectors) will be hosted by the Oughtred Society at MIT in Boston. This 17th annual meeting will be held in 2011 in the USA for the first time, previously being been held in Europe and the United Kingdom. The Oughtred Society takes great pleasure in hosting this significant event in the 20th anniversary year of the founding of the Society. Additional information.
  • Call for Nominations - The Oughtred Society Award and Fellowships for 2011. Nominations are now being accepted for these prestigious Awards. Please send your nominations to a member of the Award Committee : David Rance, Chair (Email : osaward[at]xs4all.nl); Gary Flom, Clark McCoy, Peter Hopp, Peter Holland. Any nominations must be received no later than: July 30th 2011. See the OS Awards section of this web site for additional information.
  • K&E Display in Hoboken An exhibit of K&E items will be on display during 2010 at the Hoboken Historical Museum in Hoboken, New York as part of the K&E exhibit, "Surveying The World". Students are handed slide rules during the tour for hands-on understanding of the principles involved. 30 slide rules were provided by the International Slide Rule Museum's SR Loaner program, supported by the Oughtred Society.

  • The 2010 Oughtred Society Hall of Fame recipients have been announced. Our congratulations to the two (2) Award winners and five (5) new OS Fellows!
  • A comprehensive Index for the Journal of the Oughtred Society has been added to the Journal section of this website. This Index was compiled by Oughtred Society member Barry Dreikorn. Many thanks to Barry for this monumental and extremely useful piece of work! The Index provides Article title, Author's name, Item number, Page number, Article Summary and a Keyword list. It is fully searchable. Click JOURNAL here or in the main menu at left.

 


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