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Bookshelf of W. Ross Ashby's Journals

Here are the spines of all 25 volumes. Click any volume to display it as thumbnail images.


Because Ross's journals are effectively his uncensored life's work, we owe it to him to point out that he expressed his own dissatisfaction with some of his early notes: In 1945, while serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Poona, India, after re-reading his notes from page 1, he wrote on page 1967:

"My early notes, especially Volumes 2 and 3, are appalling even for their simple ignorance and inaccuracy.
They are quite unfit for any human eye."

Later, when he reviewed his notes in 1953 and 1957, he only re-read from about page 1000 in volume 5.


Journal covers

These are the covers of all 25 volumes. Click any volume to display it as thumbnail images.

Volume 1
May 1928 - Jul 1930

Volume 2
Jul 1930 - Oct 1931

Volume 3
Oct 1931 - Oct 1939

Volume 4
Nov 1939 - Jul 1941

Volume 5
Jul 1941 - Nov 1942

Volume 6
Nov 1942 - Oct 1943

Volume 7
Oct 1943 - Oct 1944

Volume 8
Oct 1944 - Jun 1945

Volume 9
Jun 1945 - Oct 1947

Volume 10
Oct 1947 - Feb 1948

Volume 11
Mar 1948 - Dec 1949

Volume 12
Dec 1949 - Dec 1950

Volume 13
Dec 1950 - Apr 1951

Volume 14
Apr 1951 - Nov 1951

Volume 15
Nov 1951 - Jul 1952

Volume 16
Jul 1952 - Dec 1952

Volume 17
Dec 1952 - Sep 1953

Volume 18
Oct 1953 - Sep 1954

Volume 19
Oct 1954 - Oct 1956

Volume 20
Oct 1956 - Aug 1957

Volume 21
Aug 1957 - Sep 1958

Volume 22
Sep 1958 - Jul 1962

Volume 23
Jul 1962 - Mar 1967

Volume 24
Mar 1967 - Dec 1968

Volume 25
Dec 1968 - Mar 1972


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