The tremendous research and development effort that went into the development of radar and related techniques during World War II resulted not only in hundreds of radar sets for military (and some for possible peacetime) use but also in a great body of information and new techniques in the electronics and high-frequency fields. Because this basic material may be of great value to science and engineering, it seemed most important to publish it as soon as security permitted.However, an altruistic drive to publish the Lab's achievements in open literature was not the only impetus. As C. C. Bissell observes:

The imposing 27-volume [sic] Radiation Lab Series was not only a technological statement, but also a political statement about the role the United States was to play in the post-war world... that in the post-war world the United States would be the intellectual driving force of science and technology, as well as the economic and political super power. [1]The most interesting volumes to control engineers are volumes 21 and 25. The twenty-eight volumes are:

- Louis N. Ridenour.
*Radar System Engineering*, volume 1 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1947. - John S. Hall.
*Radar Aids to Navigation*, volume 2 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1947. - Arthur Roberts.
*Radar Beacons*, volume 3 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1947. - J. A. Pierce, A. A. McKenzie, and R. H. Woodward.
*Loran*, volume 4 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - G. N. Glasoe and J. V. Lebacqz.
*Pulse Generators*, volume 5 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - George B. Collins.
*Microwave Magnetrons*, volume 6 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Donald R. Hamilton, Julian K. Knipp, and J. B. Horner Kuper.
*Klystrons and Microwave Triodes*, volume 7 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - C. G. Montgomery, R. H. Dicke, and E. M. Purcell.
*Principles of Microwave Circuits*, volume 8 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - George L. Ragan.
*Microwave Transmission Circuits*, volume 9 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - N. Marcuvitz.
*Waveguide Handbook*, volume 10 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1951. - Carol G. Montgomery.
*Technique of Microwave Measurements*, volume 11 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1947. - Samuel Silver.
*Microwave Antenna Theory and Design*, volume 12 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1949. - Donald E. Kerr.
*Propagation of Short Radio Waves*, volume 13 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1951. - Louis D. Smullin and Carol G. Montgomery.
*Microwave Duplexers*, volume 14 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Henry C. Torrey and Charles A. Whitmer.
*Crystal Rectifiers*, volume 15 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Robert V. Pound.
*Microwave Mixers*, volume 16 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - John F. Blackburn.
*Components Handbook*, volume 17 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1949. - George E. Valley, Jr. and Henry Wallman.
*Vacuum Tube Amplifiers*, volume 18 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Britton Chance, Vernon Hughes, Edward F. MacNichol, Jr., David Sayre, and
Frederic C. Williams.
*Waveforms*, volume 19 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1949. - Britton Chance, Robert I. Hulsizer, Edward F. MacNichol, Jr., and Frederic C.
Williams.
*Electronic Time Measurements*, volume 20 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1949. - Ivan A. Greenwood, Jr., J. Vance Holdam, Jr., and Duncan MacRae, Jr.
*Electronic Instruments*, volume 21 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Theodore Soller, Merle A. Star, and George E. Valley, Jr.
*Cathode Ray Tube Displays*, volume 22 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - S. N. Van Voorhis.
*Microwave Receivers*, volume 23 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - James L. Lawson and George E. Uhlenbeck.
*Threshold Signals*, volume 24 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1950. - Hubert M. James, Nathaniel B. Nichols, and Ralph S. Phillips.
*Theory of Servomechanisms*, volume 25 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1947. - W. M. Cady, M. B. Karelitz, and Louis A. Turner.
*Radar Scanners and Radomes*, volume 26 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Antonin Svoboda.
*Computing Mechanisms and Linkages*, volume 27 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1948. - Keith Henney, editor.
*Index*, volume 28 of*MIT Radiation Laboratory Series*. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1953.

One final word about the final volume of the series. The comprehensive index suffers from an unfortunate decision made by the editor: proper names, both author's names and laboratory names, were left out of the combined index. While much of the science and engineering still holds up fifty years later, present day technology archaeologists (such as this author) are often more interested in looking up the individual contributions made by some of the well-known personalities, such as Hall and Nichols.

This author appreciates the difficulty in producing a consistent index for a single book, much less a whole series. Nonetheless, Volume 28 would be monumentally more useful if it were possible to look up every mention of the name `"Nyquist."

Kent H Lundberg

November 2002