BBC Engineering Monographs from 1950s and '60s: Once 5 Shillings, Now Free

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3 Responses to “BBC Engineering Monographs from 1950s and '60s: Once 5 Shillings, Now Free”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    It’s amazing how big and expensive it was to make anything complex in electronics back then. Nowadays, we just program an FPGA chip to do all that stuff.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There’s a great documentary “in the Delian Mode” that tells of Delia Derbyshire’s work.

  3. meeware says:

    Thanks so much for highlighting our online archive of documents:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/publications/archived.shtml

    We’re actually in the middle of a process to have as many of the old published documents as we possibly can fully scanned and OCRed so we can turn them into a fully searchable technical resource for engineers across the world. As we have more developments we’ll post it on our blog : http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/researchanddevelopment/

    We’re finding the fundamental engineering research from our early days is having a resurgence in relevance as new display and audio technologies come through. So many of the basic assumptions of broadcasting are being challenged, and it’s invaluable to be able to go back to the original work to see why, for instance, UK TVs refresh at 50 feilds per second, but 25 frames interlaced.

    If any BoingBoingers have a specific enquiry about technical work we’ve done in the past please don’t hesitate to drop us an email- the contact details for us are on the web site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/contact/general.shtml

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