I have a fairly small collection of Slide Rule Books
By my computer at this moment there are:
Books by Peter Hopp,
Slide Rules, Their History Models and Makers; Joint Slide Rules; Pocket Watch Slide Rules
Books by Karl Kleine,
The Proceedings of IM2013 and IM2017
A Book by Kleine and Kuhn
Dennert & Pape Aristo 1872 - 1978
A Book by Barnes and White,
Otis King Calculators
A Book Dieter von Jezierski
A Journey Through Three Centuries
A Book by Peter Holland
Rechenschieber, Slide Rules A.W. Faber
A Book by Panagiotis Venetsianos
Pocketbook of the Gauge Marks
A Book by Ijzebrand Scuitema and Otto van Poelje
The Schuitema Collection
and others scattered around elsewhere.
They are a glorious mine of information and they all have the same thing in common. They're about slide rules!
But with one exception* they all lack the same thing. To a great extent they lack humanity - the human side of the story.
I'm not blaming the authors. This is not their fault. It was never part of their brief to include it.
But a book that would appeal to the non-slide rule enthusiast; to the "general public", needs humanity.
Think about making timepieces more accurate. Be honest! Fairly boring! The problems with making such timepieces more accurate whilst at sea. Still fairly boring. Insert the reasons why this is important. Much less boring. Insert a self-taught genius and his battle against the establishment and you have "Longitude" and a best seller.
Perhaps that is what is required to keep the slide rule flame alive and interest a new generation of collectors; to tie real people into some real life problems with their use of the slide rule.
Just a thought.
* P.S. The one exception: Calculating on Slide Rule and Disc "2 x 3 .... approximately 6" by Schuitema and Van Herwijnen which includes several written portraits of 'slide rule people' mainly from the Netherlands. However, these portraits are not tied together into one consistent story. And again that was never the intention.
In one of these Pg 133 the authors say "Sometimes you find a special slide rule and after studying its use and construction you discover that the person behind the object is much more interesting than the slide rule itself".