Be warned – there's a full on geek alert for this week's Ladybird Tuesday. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering and my choice for this week is Simple Electronics from the Learnabout series (634).
Having first been published in 1979 things in the world of electronic have moved on somewhat since then, but as the introduction to the book says, "some quite simple electronic circuits" are actually at the basis of many of the more complicated electronic devices that surround us.
The only problem I have with this particular Ladybird book is the use of the word "simple" in the title. Ok, so it may be a fair few years since I did my degree, but I still think that it's rather advanced for a children's book.
All the projects in the book can be completed by children with some basic tools, but to be honest I doubt that they are really found in "any home toolbox" these days. The book launches straight into explaining what a transistor is and then into using one in a circuit as a switch. It assumes a certain degree of prior knowledge about some basic physics about circuits.
Circuit symbols and circuit diagrams are very quickly introduced and then the book goes on to provide details or further circuits to make – a flip-flop, a flashing robot, a morse code oscillator and an electronic organ for example. There's definitely nothing simple about it all that's for sure!
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