[Table of Contents]People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about
and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
symbols for schematics and wiring diagrams have remained amazingly consistent
for the last hundred years, although obviously many new ones have been
added. You can see from this set of standardized wiring diagram and
schematic symbols from a 1955 edition of Popular Electronics what I
mean. Even symbols for newly introduced devices tend not to change.
There are some variations such as whether or not to draw a circle around
a transistor or how many lightning bolt lines to use with photon emitters
and detectors, but that's about it. The digital world adopted
for logic and microprocessors, although you will still occasionally
see variants in symbols, especially in early digital circuit schematics.
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Standardized Wiring Diagram & Schematic