Jul 29, 2018
Michael McInerney, physics experiments with Atari
In the 1980s, Michael McInerney was a professor in the physics
department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, when he wrote
several journal articles about how to control experiments and
gather data using Atari computers.
The articles included Interfacing the Atari Microcomputer in
the Science Laboratory, which appeared in the spring 1983 issue of
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching; Game Port
Physics - Introductory Experiments in Linear Dynamics, which
appeared in the spring 1984 issue; and Computer-Aided Experiments
with the Damped Harmonic Oscillator, which appeared in the October
1985 issue of American Journal of Physics.
This interview took place on May 21, 2018.
"The reviewers refused to believe I could do it which such
cheap equipment. ... They said it wasn't possible to do it."