Forrest Mims' Maverick Scientist - Hardcover Limited Edition

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Written by the foremost amateur scientist practicing in the U.S. today, this intimate portrait of a self-made scientist shares a revelatory look inside the scientific community and tells the story of a lifelong learner. This exclusive Limited Edition hardcover comes with an autographed bookplate signed by the author.

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Maverick Scientist is the memoir of Forrest Mims, who forged a distinguished scientific career despite having no academic training in science. Named one of the “50 Best Brains in Science” by Discover magazine, Forrest shares what sparked his childhood curiosity and relates a lifetime of improbable, dramatic, and occasionally outright dangerous experiences in the world of science.

At thirteen he invented a new method of rocket control. At seventeen he designed and built an analog computer that could translate Russian into English and that the Smithsonian collected as an example of an early hobby computer. While majoring in government at Texas A&M University, Forrest created a hand-held, radar-like device to help guide the blind. And during his military service, he had to be given special clearance to do top secret laser research at the Air Force Weapons Lab. Why? Because while he lacked the required engineering degree, they wanted his outside-the-box thinking on the project.

He went on to co-found MITS, Inc., producer of the first commercially successful personal computer, wrote a series of electronics books for Radio Shack that sold more than seven million copies, and designed the music synthesizer circuit that became known as the infamous Atari Punk Console. All this came before he started consulting for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and NOAA’s famous Mauna Loa Observatory, and earning the prestigious Rolex Award.

This intimate portrait of a self-made scientist shares a revelatory look inside the scientific community, and tells the story of a lifelong learner who stood by his convictions even when pressured by the establishment to get in line with conventional wisdom. With dozens of personal photos and illustrations, Maverick Scientist serves as proof that to be a scientist, you simply need to do science.

Please enjoy this limited edition, hardcover memoir, a version not available in stores, featuring a hand signed book plate by the author himself. Hardcover w/jacket, 344 pages, including a 16-page color insert of photos. A Maker Shed Exclusive!

Meet the Author

Forrest M. Mims III, an amateur scientist and Rolex Award winner, is the most widely read electronics author in the world. His 60 books have sold over 7.5 million copies and have twice been honored for excellence by the Computer Press Association.