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  1. mc

    mc Guest

    Speaking of the possible 3rd edition of The Art of Electronics...

    There are 2 threads about it here, but as far as I can tell, one is about
    patents, slavery, and Windows (?) and the other is about tsunamis. Topic

    Have the authors revealed anything about their hypothetical 3rd edition of
    this great book? Hopefully, it won't be mostly about tsunamis, or even
  2. ROTFLMAO - thanks, I need a good laugh.
    Winfield Hill has contracted me to write the philosophy, politics and
    religion chapters, so I might include something.

    I need to rant about sex and race more, so I can write chapters on that
    too =)
  3. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    There was a much better thread (in that it stayed on topic!)
    concerning AoE 2nd in the last year or two, where I recall that Win
    asked us for what changes we might want for a future edition (and ISTR
    he said it may be a long while before a 3rd edition comes out). I
    can't find the thread in google, but I recall I pointed out a
    practically identical circuit that was in two of the "Circuit
    ideas"/"bad circuits" sections.
  4. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    Back then I bought copies of various mil specs and commercial
    standards for schematic drawing and sent them to Winfield Hill.
  5. Guy Macon wrote...
    Yes, thanks!
  6. mc wrote...
    We could pick the third topic in the thread, and write about memes.
  7. mc

    mc Guest

    Seriously, do you have any specific plans or ideas for the next edition?
  8. Nope. Those chapters were sub-contracted out to RSW.
  9. Sex race? Nice guys finish last. ;-P

  10. Pig Bladder

    Pig Bladder Guest


  11. Dave VanHorn

    Dave VanHorn Guest

    I have several friends who want to know if it might be available in Braille.
  12. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    That would end up being a HUGE book!

    You may laugh but I heard of a guy who continued to mess around with
    high-voltage valve radio after he went blind. If you asked him where
    something was, he would nonchalantly wave his hand past EHT equipment and
    say "over there somewhere".

    I hope he had a damn good memory...
  13. I knew an old ham in Hastings like that many years ago. He had an
    almost supernatural ability to fault-find valve-based radio equipment.
    Much respect due. He's almost certainly dead by now, though, sadly.
  14. Kurzweil has some VERY nice OCR/reading software that will allow the
    visually impaired and blind to read at least the text of many books. I
    don't know what you'd do about schematics and so on. It recognizes
    columns and deals well with typical proportional print fonts. It a few
    thousand dollars, but that's really not much compared to getting a
    Braille paper every day etc., and usually there are tax breaks or
    other ways of covering the cost for those in need.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  15. mc

    mc Guest

    Easier than that. The Art of Electronics is typeset with LaTeX. Run it
    through detex, and you'll have a fairly clean ASCII text of the whole book,
    which can be fed to a speech synthesizer. The diagrams, of course, are
  16. Dave VanHorn

    Dave VanHorn Guest

    The problem with that, of course, is the conversion process.
    No fun at all, for you or the book.

    The fellow that I'm asking this for, is a ham, and a builder. He has built a
    number of kits, and has some good ideas for other adaptive gear that either
    does not exist, or is done so badly that it might as well not exist. It
    seems few designers of this stuff actually try to use it without vision.

    He amazes me though, building throughhole circuits, operating a chain saw
    and table saw...
    (yes, he still has all his fingers!)
  17. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    I hope not due to touching something HT...
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