6 or Less by Rev. Thomas Scarborough

When I launched SomehowSimple Electronics the thought of reviewing a book never came to mind. However, recently I was contacted by Rev. Thomas Scarborough who asked for my opinion of his book "6 or Less", and hence this blog entry was created.

Those of you who may not know much about Rev. Thomas Scarborough might like to know a little more about his background:

"Rev. Thomas Scarborough is one of the most widely published electronics writer-designers, having written for Everyday Practical Electronics (EPE), Silicon Chip, Elektor, Nuts & Volts, Popular Mechanics, Electronics World, and other magazines. Apart from writing many magazine `covers', he is well known for his small circuits, for which he has won several prizes. He was awarded the Gold Medal Award by Wimborne Publishing (EPE) for his ingenuity. Several of his designs (with re-engineering) have gone into production." - Lulu.com Author Spotlight

The book is primarily aimed at students, enthusiasts, beginners, and those that want to build circuits quickly and with little fuss. The book consists of over 150 electronic circuits, each comprising of six or less components. Many of the circuits are stated to have a component count excluding the battery and on-off switch. Additionally, some short-cuts were taken by the author such as the ommision of power supply decoupling capacitors, back-EMF suppression diodes, MOSFET gate resistors and Zobel networks in order to reduce the component count. That being said, it is still amazing what can be done with such a small number of components. The author adaquetly explains the ommision of these components in his book, and in my point of view when ommisions are present the results of the circuit shouldn't be adversly effected.

Many of the designs, though simple, are very cleverly thought out. Seemingly uninteresting components are utilised in some unusual ways creating some fun results. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a basic understanding of electronics and is looking to experiment. Most of the circuits in the book can be built on a solderless breadboard (prototyping board) with parts readily available. Alternate parts are also suggested for those struggling to find exactly what they need. The majority of projects require a 3V, 6V, 9V or 12V power source that could be a battery pack or regulated DC power supply. Advanced electronics enthusiasts might find the book less appealing, but might find the unorthodoxed use of circuitry interesting. I myself enjoy the clever, yet simple use of components quite interesting.

Upcoming circuits from "6 or Less"

The book consists of many projects including metal detactors, alarms, radios, sonar, solar power systems, audio circuits, day-night sensors and many more. Thomas has graciously given me permission to include three of his circuits in this blog, which I will be working on over the next few blog entries. If your curious about the level of difficuilty of the circuits in this book, or just curious as to what to expect, these circuits should give you a better idea.

Circuit 1
(Coming soon)

Circuit 2
(Coming soon)

Circuit 3
(Coming soon)

The book is available from Lulu.com as a paperback or an eBook for those interested in buying their own copy.

Book details from Lulu.com

ISBN 9781304620088
Copyright Thomas O. Scarborough (Standard Copyright License)
Edition Fourth Edition
Publisher Tom Bomb Books
Published December 16, 2013
Language English
Pages 195
Binding Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink Black & white
Weight 0.91 lbs.
Dimensions (inches) 7.44 wide x 9.68 tall








eBook details from Lulu.com

ISBN 9781304723406
Copyright Thomas O. Scarborough (Standard Copyright License)
Edition Fourth Edition
Published December 18, 2013
Language English
Pages 196
File Format PDF
File Size 3.36 MB