I’m a big fan of mathematics. It’s one of those peculiar affections because I don’t actually have the skills necessary to fully appreciate it. As I’ve gotten into coding it has become a bit easier but still its one of those things that eludes me. One of the channels I follow on YouTube is Engineerguy, Bill Hammack. He covers everything from Microwaves to Thermostats and shows you all the amazing qualities that you might otherwise have missed. One day I noticed this peculiar machine on my subscription list.
What followed was between 20 and 30 minutes of video covering every nook and cranny of the Analyzer. I didn’t fully understand it but Bill’s presentation style means that you’ll enjoy yourself regardless. Included with these videos is another unlisted video covering every single page of the book. I’m telling you all this because I feel like this is all part of a singular package. You don’t need to buy this book, Bill provides a very generous series of videos that’ll give you everything you need. Even with that in mind the passion and attention put into the book though justifies a spot on your shelves.
The pictures are all high quality. The descriptions and examples are on point and succinct. It’s nice because the book doesn’t patronize you. You, like me, might not get it all but that won’t take away from enjoying it. There isn’t much else to say. If you are interested in machines that do deceptively amazing things, fueled by nothing but a person turning a wheel, this book (and the videos) will entertain you.
The book itself is alright. It’s the experience of both the book and the videos that I think is a good experience. Additionally for busy people it’s nice to have a quality experience like this without needing to invest a week or two of your time. Give it a look.