very neat classic computer book comparison
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Fri Sep 16 18:22:19 CDT 2005
> Someone sent me this link...
> It is an online scan of the book "How it works - the computer", circa 1971.
Eeek!... I remeber that book when it was current. As you've probably
gathered, the 'ladybird books' were aimed at children, and I think I had
all the 'How It Works' series.
[The one I particularly _disliked_ was 'How It Works -- The Telephone'. I
could not understand that book. I couldn't understand it when I re-read
it several years later. I finally understood it when I bought a copy of
'Telephony' about 10 years ago. 'Telephony' is a book that was used by
telephone engineers in the UK, and contains complete schematics for
telephone exchanges, etc). I realised why I couldn't understand the
simpler books, far too much had been left out, so what remained made no
sense. There is a danger in oversimplifying things.
Another Ladybird book was called 'Making a Transistor Radio'. It covered
building a crystal sed, adding a single transistor audio amplifier, then
a second stage and a speaker, and finally replacing the detector with a
regenerative stage. The final set was a 3-transistor AM receiver using a
couple of OC71s and an OC45. I think just about every UK electronics
enthusiast built that at one time or another.
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