Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to by Clive Maxfield

By Clive Maxfield

From experiences of the 1st variation: "If you must be reminded of the enjoyment of electronics, have a look at Clive (Max) Maxfield's booklet Bebop to the Boolean Boogie."

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By Clive Maxfield

From experiences of the 1st variation: "If you must be reminded of the enjoyment of electronics, have a look at Clive (Max) Maxfield's booklet Bebop to the Boolean Boogie."

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2 If you ever see an illustration of an integrated circuit, you may see symbols like n, n+, n++, p, p+, and p++. In this case, the n and p stand for standard N-Type and P-type material (which we might compare to an average guy), the n+ and p+ indicate a heavier level of doping (say a bodybuilder or the author flexing his rippling muscles on the beach), and the n++ and p++ indicate a really high level of doping (like a weightlifter on steroids). 28 ■ Chapter Four Semiconductor Diodes As was noted above, pure crystalline silicon acts as an insulator.

2 In a limited respect, we might consider that these circuits are making simple logical decisions; two switches offer four combinations of OPEN (OFF) and CLOSED (ON), but only certain combinations cause the light to be turned ON. Logic functions such as AND and OR are generic concepts that can be implemented in a variety of ways, including switches as illustrated above, transistors for use in computers, and even pneumatic devices for use in hostile environments such as steel works or nuclear reactors.

The electromechanical relay mechanical computers, such as the Harvard Mark 1. Constructed between 1939 and 1944, the Harvard Mark 1 was 50 feet long, 8 feet tall, and contained over 750,000 individual components. The problem with relays (especially the types that were around in the early days) is that they can only switch a limited number of times a second. This severely limits the performance of a relay-based computer. For example, the Harvard Mark 1 took approximately six seconds to multiply two numbers together, so engineers were interested in anything that could switch faster .

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