|Re: HP - The calculator of choice of scientists and engineers|
Message #6 Posted by Gerson W. Barbosa on 3 July 2005, 2:03 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Dave Shaffer
These early devices had a personality of their own which modern computers lack. It is unlikely today that someone would write in a scientific article "my notebook brand X quickly yielded the result..."
I can realize what the HP-35 meant back then because as late as '78 we still used table of logarithms at high-school. It wasn't until '81 when I bought my first calculator, a non-programmable scientific model from Sharp. Maybe because of that I recently purchased a very good 35, even the silver trim, where they wear most, is perfect,
Congratulations for your careers in Astronomy. I am not a scientist but I like to read about science, Astronomy being one of my favorite topics.
Back to the topic, I believe you are right when you say the HP line WAS the choice of scientists. We have to admit calculators will never have the same importance they had in those years, when they were the only portable computing resource available.
Edited: 3 July 2005, 2:08 p.m.