About the Authors
When Doug Lowe was ten years old, his father gave him an electronics experimenter’s kit that started a life-long love of all things electronic. As a child, he dreamed of becoming an electrical engineer. But he soon discovered that he loved writing as much as he loved electronics, and his first technical book was published in 1981. Since then, Doug has written more than a hundred. All of those books have been about one specific corner of the electronics world: computers. But now he has finally written a book about his first love, the joy of designing and building electronic circuits from scratch.
Doug lives in sunny Fresno, California, where the motto is ‘Fres-YES!,’ (unfortunately, I’m not making that up). The fruits of his electronic passions can often be seen around the Halloween season, in the form of animated computer-controlled Halloween decorations that rival Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
Dickon Ross, adapting author for the UK edition, has been a science and technology journalist for twenty years, working on titles ranging from Electronics Times to Focus. Dickon is Editor-in-Chief for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, where he has won awards for his work on Engineering & Technology magazine and Flipside – the magazine he launched to inspire teenagers to take up science and engineering. His website is
My grandpa had a wonderful workshop behind his home. It was cramped and cold in the winter, and smelled of machine ...