April 8th, 2021
by Henry Poydar
Good morning and TGIF!
A couple of decades ago, I was lucky enough to study mechanical engineering at a prestigious university. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest fields of engineering, covering physics, thermodynamics, and electricity. A rocket scientist is a mechanical engineer.
The most significant benefit of my engineering education was the personal development of a system for self-learning and re-learning. Because building such a system is the only way to keep up with and apply such a wide swath of knowledge.
Generally, engineering is about breaking up complex problems into simple problems, then solving them individually. Fundamentally, that’s how a self-learning mechanism operates too.
So I naturally gravitate to and share articles, books, and videos that take this approach to a complex subject. And the recommendation I have today is a fun read called Code, by Charles Petzold.
In Code, the author starts with smoke signals and morse code to eventually fully explain how the software and hardware work in a modern computer.
I recommend it to anyone that relies on a computer. (So everyone.) Even if you understand exactly how all aspects of a computer works, you’ll find engaging ways to explain it to others in Code.
Have a great weekend,