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About the Author

Dr. Walter Y. Chen grew up in Shanghai, China, during the cultural revolution of Chairman Mao. The traditional (Soviet) style of language, math, and science curriculum was totally interrupted during the third grade of his six-year elementary school education. Students of his age began studying newspaper propaganda articles and attending confession-style group self-examinations and political gatherings and street demonstrations. With so much spare time but no formal academic work, Walter turned his curiosity to assembling electronic devices, starting with a crystal radio and advancing to black and white transistor television sets, with help from his uncles. Initially they helped him debug his electronic circuits, but then they began to introduce him to relevant books. Eventually, Walter was not only reading electronics books but also many of his uncles' high school and college math and physics textbooks. From this exposure, Walter determined that writing books was probably an interesting and worthwhile thing to do.


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