Having Fun with Transistors

By Len Buckwalter

This ebook was once generally learn via younger electronics hobbyists within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, and possibly encouraged the development of millions of transistor tasks modeled after “Sherlock Ohms” (above right), “Boris the speaking Skull” (above left) and “Electronic Eyeball” (at left). All thirteen of the tasks lined during this vintage how-to e-book offer an enjoyable and academic creation to early transistor know-how. Len first all started writing books on development tasks and similar electronics subject matters whereas nonetheless free-lancing for Electronics Illustrated; in overall, he authored 22 books of this sort, starting within the early Nineteen Sixties. Howard W. Sams corporation used to be Len’s writer for this sequence of books and plenty of of those classics are nonetheless on hand on-line.

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