In first year of university, I surprised my "intro to computer design for engineering" prof by identifying a 555 Timer IC in the first lecture and giving a summary of its function and uses. When asked how I knew all that, I told her my high school electronics teacher used to flip to random pages of the IC Cookbook and challenge me to do x-task with whatever chip he'd come across, using only that random page as a reference. At one point this included breadboarding a circuit using a 556 that would make a 7-segment display count backwards indefinitely, without ever having used a 7-segment display before. I took 15 minutes. I was 16.
My engineering prof told me I would be terribly bored in her classes until 3rd year.
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