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We take our name, Technical Curiosa, from the 17th Century tome compiled by the Jesuit priest, scholar, and scientist Gasper Schott, S.J.—regarded as one of the most learned men of his time—and the originator of the “popular science” genre.
As a source of “much useful knowledge,” Schott’s Technica Curiosa (published in 1666, the year of his death) was a massive and comprehensive compendium of scientific and mechanical technologies that anticipated—and helped bring about—the Scientific Revolution. In its day the book did much to inspire interest in the sciences with its many amusing and fascinating tricks and experiments, including a description of a perpetual motion machine, and even instructions on how to walk on water!
It’s the home of Popular Electronics, Mechanix Illustrated, and Popular Astronomy – it’s free to subscribe. I am not sure if they spam or anything, so do whatever you usually do when you sign up for things you want or not. Expect some fun stuff with Adafruit in upcoming issues of all of these. John the editor of the magazine(s) was delightful to email with about some ideas – stay tuned. Adafruit has an ad on page 11 of Mechanix Illustrated (preview in the image above). And while I’ve written about Massimos’ in the past, this issue was about Mike Massimo the astronaut.
On to the review, these are really good, and this is from someone (me) who worked/works on magazines, so I’m super picky about what magazine(s) I’ll read now (it’s a matter of time, not desire). That is the review. No one asked me to post this or anything, I am sure John is going to read this be surprised I posted this. That is the review.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.