Most students of electrical engineering, and that includes practising engineers, know precious little about its history. Many see no need to know about the past and may agree with Henry Ford’s famous quip that history is bunk, despite the observation that since the quip itself has now passed into history it must presumably also be regarded as bunk. Maybe they view the history of their subject as old hat and irrelevant to our modern understanding. If that is the case, they are at odds with some of the men who made the most important contributions to their chosen subject of study.
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