I have a love / hate relationship with textbooks.
They are thick, have lots of words, make me feel clever, and stop my bookshelf from floating away. They often have the one thing that you are looking for.
On the other hand, they have far too many (big!) words, too many equations with no context or explanation. I find it very difficult to sit, read and quickly gain an intuitive understanding.
I prefer to communicate with pictures. This is why my presentations are image heavy and text light. I’ve sat through far too many “PowerPoint Karaoke” sessions where the presenter reads the words on the slide.
Also I love the format of cartoons and graphic novels but you rarely see them outside of the fiction sphere. I’ve recently been thinking about what a combination of a graphic novel and a text book would look like.
With the recent acquisition of an e-ink tablet with drawing stylus to replace my 74 different notebooks and notepads I started sketching out some ideas for a guide to using near field probes. A subject that I’m often asked about and is complementary to our free Pocket Probe Set that we give away at shows and to customers.
One thing turned into another and once I started drawing I couldn’t stop. You can download the full eBook from the link at the top of this page or by clicking here.
I’ve released this under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. This means you can share or adapt this work but you must provide a credit / link back to the original source (here). Any adapted work must be shared with the same licence terms.
I’d be interested to hear your feedback on the format and content of this mini eBook – please get in touch and let me know. If there is a positive response then more content may follow.
Thanks and all the best