Fwd: [ARROW-General-List] An amazing treasure trove of data, for free

Dan Romanchik KB6NU cwgeek at kb6nu.com
Fri Oct 29 18:32:20 CDT 2010

Thought you guys might be interested in this.........73, Dan KB6NU

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> From: STeve Andre' <andres at msu.edu>
> Date: October 29, 2010 Oct 29 - 7:18PM EDT
> To: "ARROW-General-List at yahoogroups.com" <ARROW-General-List at yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [ARROW-General-List] An amazing treasure trove of data, for free
> I just found this. Perhaps others know about this, but I'm dumbfounded.
> This is the Bell system tech journal, from 1922 to 1983, apparently
> all of it.
> It's at http://bstj.bell-labs.com/
> "The scientific discoveries and technological innovations produced
> by Bell System research and engineering were critical not only to
> the evolution of global telecommunications but, more widely, they
> had a considerable impact on the technological base of the global
> economy and, indeed, on our daily lives.
> Bell Labs is the source of many significant contributions, of course,
> in the area of telephony, but also in memory devices, imaging
> devices, system organization, computers and software technology,
> as well as acoustics, optics, switching, transmission, wireless and
> data communication. New principles, new materials, new devices, and
> new systems from Bell Telephone Laboratories resulted in new
> industries, hundreds of new products, and thousands of new jobs.
> The invention of the transistor in 1947, and subsequent advances
> in related solid-state device and circuit technology formed the
> basis of a multibillion dollar global industry and ultimately enabled
> the digital world. Shannon?s seminal paper titled "A Mathematical
> Theory of Communication," published over 60 years ago, gave birth
> to Information Theory and has stood as the guiding foundation for
> communications scientists and engineers in their quest for faster,
> more efficient, and more robust communications systems ever since.
> The charge-coupled device (CCD), a technology that transforms
> patterns of light into useful digital information, is the basis for
> many forms of modern digital imaging. It has launched entirely new
> industries and markets and is widely used in devices as diverse as
> digital cameras, video cameras, and bar code readers as well as in
> security monitoring, medical endoscopy, modern astronomy and video
> conferencing. Optical technology and systems, from earliest advances
> in lasers to low-loss fiber, opto-electronic waveguide devices, and
> high capacity WDM transmission systems have enabled worldwide
> connectivity to build a truly global community. Cellular telephone
> service, the concept that multiple lower-power transmitters could
> be spread throughout a region employing automatic call handoff and
> frequency reuse changed the face of communications. Multiple input
> multiple output (MIMO) smart antenna technology in concert with
> LTE, based on OFDM technology, will define next generation wireless,
> delivering wider coverage and higher throughput.
> ?Technological innovation? is more than just invention. It is a
> process, often long and costly, of transforming new scientific
> knowledge into feasible technology, introducing it to use, and
> making its benefits available to the public. ?Technical integration?
> is intended to emphasize the more subtle flow of an intangible?engineering
> information and understanding. Not only has Bell Labs innovated,
> but it also showed the world technical integration of the innovations.
> The Bell System Technical Journal was a key enabler for this
> achievement.
> With this posting of the Bell System Technical Journal from volume
> 1 issue 1 in July 1922 to the final issue published in December
> 1983, we are pleased to be able to open the vault of this knowledge
> to our global technical colleagues."
> Wow!
> --STeve
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