Forrest M. Mims III

Forrest M. Mims III (, an amateur scientist and Rolex Award winner, was named by Discover magazine as one of the “50 Best Brains in Science.” His books have sold more than 7 million copies.

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No matter what you plan to make, invent, or discover, one of the best steps you can take is to keep a detailed record of your progress. Read more »


Why not hack the Atari Punk Console so that its tones can be controlled by light? Read more »

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Today’s smartphones and tablets, laptop and desktop computers all trace their ancestry to the arrival of the hobby computer era of the 1970s. Read more »

Today’s amateur scientists have access to sophisticated components, instruments, computers, and software that could not even be imagined back in 1962 when I built my first computer. Read more »

IR thermometers allow you to measure the temperature of objects without actually coming in contact with them. Read more »


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