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best survey of the subject; while the mastery of the entire list in any group should render a student entirely familiar with current practice as far as such familiarity can be acquired from books.

Electrical Engineering Department, Sibley College:

Reference Books for Electrical Engineers. The following list of books has been selected in conference with the leading teachers of Electrical Engineering and with a number of prominent practising engineers. Each book represents the judgment of a number of persons and the list is arranged in order of the number of votes cast. The list has been condensed so as to include only those books which are deemed most useful to a young engineer leaving a technical school. Suggestions for changes in this list will be welcome at any time, as it is proposed to issue it annually for the benefit of each senior class. Electric Lighting.

“Electric Lighting," F. B. Crocker, two volumes, $6.00.

“The Art of Illumination,” Louis Bell, $2.50. Electric Railways.

“Electric Railways,” Ashe & Keiley, net $2.50.

“Electric Railway Economics,” W. C. Gotshall, $2.00.

Power Distribution for Electric Railways,” Louis Bell, $2.00.

“Practical Electric Railway Handbook,” A. B. Herrick, net $3.00.

“Engineering Preliminaries for Interurban Electric Railways,” E. Gonzenbach, $1.00.

“Report of the Electric Railway Test Commission,''* net $6.00. Telephony.

“Telephony," A. V. Abbott, six volumes, $6.00.

“American Telephone Practice," K. B. Miller, $4.00. Power Generation and Transmission.

“Electric Power Transmission,” Louis Bell, net $4.00.

"Electric Transmission of Energy," A. V. Abbott, net $5.00.

“Storage Battery Engineering,” Lamar Lyndon, net $3.00.

“Electrical Conductors," F. A. C. Perrine, net $3.50.

“High Tension Power Transmission, A. I. E. E. and International Electrical Congress Papers,” two volumes, net $5.00. Design and Construction of Electrical Machinery.

Design of Dynamos,” S. P. Thompson, net $3.50. “Electric Motors," H. M. Hobart, $5.00. “Induction Motors," B. A. Behrend, $1.50. “Alternating Currents,” Alfred Hay, net $2.50.

“Practical Calculations of Dynamo Machines,” A. E. Wiener, $3.00.

“Armature Windings of Direct Current Dynamos," E. Arnold, $2.00.

Induction Motors,” B. de la Tour, translated by C. 0. Mailloux, $2.50. Measurements.

Testing of Electro-Magnetic Machinery,” Swenson and Frankenfield, net $3.00.

* As this report is just off the press it was not included in the lists sent in, but it is mentioned here because it contains much experimental data.

“Electrical Engineering Measuring Instruments," G. D. A. Parr, net $3.50.

“Electrical Instruments," Carhart and Patterson, net $2.00. General Practical Works.

“Electrical Engineers’ Pocketbook," H. A. Foster, $5.00.

“Mechanical Engineers’ Pocketbook,” Wm. Kent, $5.00.

“Standard Polyphase Apparatus and Systems, M. A. Oudin, $3.00.

“Mechanical Engineers' Reference-Book,” H. H. Suplee, net, indexed, $5.50, not indexed, $5.00.

“Steam Power Plants,” H. C. Meyer, net $2.00.

“Practical Management of Dynamos and Motors,” Crocker and Wheeler, $1.00.

“Laboratory and Factory Tests in Electrical Engineering,” Sever and Townsend, net $2.50.

"Electrical Engineering,” E. Rosenberg, net $1.50.

Central Electrical Stations,” C. H. Wordingham, net $7.50. General Theoretical Works.

“Theoretical Elements of Electrical Engineering,” C. P. Steinmetz, $2.50.

Alternating Current Phenomena,” C. P. Steinmetz, $4.50.

Alternating Currents," Bedell and Crehore, $2.50.

“Alternating Current Engineering,” E. B. Raymond, net $2.50.

“Elementary Lessons in Electricity and Magnetism,” S. P. Thompson, net $1.40.

“Cyclopedia of Applied Electricity,” American School of Correspondence.

“Dynamo Electric Machinery,” S. P. Thompson,


“Elementary Book on Electricity and Magnetism," D. C. and J. P. Jackson, net $1.40.

The most valuable reference books are the volumes of transactions of the engineering societies. It is suggested that students in electrical engineering join the A. I. E. E. either as students or associates. The value of the engineering periodicals should not be overlooked.

PROFESSOR H. P. Talbot: I notice that in the report on technical books for libraries there is no general work which seems to cover modern chemistry, including the applications of physical chemistry. I should like to suggest the inclusion of a book recently published by the Century Co. and entitled “An Outline of Inorganic Chemistry." The author is Professor Alexander Smith, of the University of Chicago.

PROFESSOR MAGRUDER: I would suggest that the committee include the number and date of the last edition of each book. I notice that old editions are given, or described, where more recent editions have been published. The titles of a number of helpful older books might be added. The titles of quite a number of recently published books have been omitted. The number of books on mining engineering might be easily and wisely increased.

I would like to know the reason for limiting the number of titles to five hundred rather than to six hundred or more. Would the committee decline to publish the titles of new books, or would they feel forced to eliminate as many titles as they added? Why should some books be listed twice, and others be omitted? For ease in finding the general subjects, would it not be well to rearrange the latter so that they


shall appear alphabetically in the table of contents ? Why include the proceedings or transactions of certain societies, and omit the Transactions of the American Institute of Mining Engineers; also why leave out the Proceedings of a society called the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education? Why include the Pocket-Books of Kent, Kidder, Suplee and Trautwine, and omit Foster's Electrical Engineers Pocket-Book? Should not Wait’s Engineering and Architectural Jurisprudence be included under “Reference Books,” rather than under “Civil Engineering''? I would suggest the insertion of "The American Gas Light Journal,” “The Gas Engine,” a monthly magazine published in Cincinnati, and now in its ninth year, and “The Technology Quarterly, and that the bulletins published by certain of the engineering colleges be included.

I do not like to see Professor Kent's "Mechanical Engineers' Pocket-Book” designated as “the mechanical engineers’ bible.” The unintended irreverence, the slur on the profession, and the suggestion that this pocket-book is a “sacred book” are hardly in good taste.

The committee has done a laborious and useful piece of work, and should receive the thankful appreciation of the members of our society and of many others who will use the report.

PROFESSOR SWAIN: I would suggest that “Architectural Engineering” should be separated from “Architecture."

PROFESSOOR A. N. TALBOT: Some of the books on electrical railways are given under “Railways," and some under "Electric Power Transmission." Would it not be better to group all these under “Electric Railways?"

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