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"Slide Rules: The First Nerd Tool," by Eric Levin. Discover, August 2003, pages 66-73.

This article, unfortunately subtitled, has some history and many pictures ofslide rules. Traditional slide rules are pictured as are some with veryparticular uses, such as a 1935 slide rule designed to decipher the Mayancalendar. The text begins, "No frontier sheriff ever strode more proudly downMain Street than Tom Apostol did across the campus of the University of Utah in1941, wearing his own trusty side arm---a 10-inch Keuffel & Esser log-logDecitrig slide rule."

--- Mike Breen