At the time Gaylon Campbell published Soil physics with BASIC, in 1985, the soil physics community in the United States was still divided on whether the teaching of soil physics should necessarily require that students be able to manipulate mathematical, let alone arithmetic, equations. Some lecturers were proud of the fact that their soil physics courses did not involve a single equation! Also, in 1985, personal computers were still a curiosity, and only a few privileged researchers had one equipped with a hard drive. Needless to say, in this context, Soil Physics with BASIC caused quite a stir, not...

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