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  • Spiral-bound: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Electronics; 3 edition (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071827781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071827782
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stan Gibilisco has authored or coauthored more than 50 books on physics, electronics, mathematics, and computing. He began his career as a radio-frequency design engineer, a technical writer, a magazine editor, and a wireless broadcast technician. The American Library Association named Stan’s McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing (1995) as one of the “Best References of 1996.” In addition to authoring several books in McGraw-Hill’s Demystified series of home study guides, he has also written three books in the Know-It-All series for students who enjoy mathematics. Gibilisco’s Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics has become a classic in the field.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William M. Blake on 12 April 2014
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Very helpful in understanding schematics. Very good read through, recommend for any body worried on schematics.Wished it was around years ago.
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By Graham Clarke on 14 April 2015
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Great book for the beginer, really easy read and interesting. Mr Gibilisco has definitely written this book with the novice in mind. I'll most likely get more of his books as I delevope my learning. Catch him on YouTube.
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By probe64322 on 31 Dec. 2014
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handy book and great price
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Very clear and well written, but lacks the content I would expect from an $18 book. 5 Feb. 2014
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the whole book and it's great! I mean, I've read mostly Navy Avionics schematics and a few schematics for components I've dealt with in flight simulation. So, my reading level is kind of limited. That's why I bought this book.

The reviews of the previous Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics were great. So, I was expecting big things. What I found was that the 3rd edition does a phenomenal job of explaining how to look at schematics. Gibilisco compares a schematic to a map and by using that analogy he really pulls together an understanding of how to generally follow a schematic. That's my favorite part of this book. It's also a great reference for illustrated components you might find common to most schematics. But the book doesn't go into detail of how to understand the functionality of components through reading a schematic. Toward the end of the book you are given an opportunity for hands on applications that I'm sure help better understand schematics. I didn't do these but I could tell by looking at the exercises and the required hardware that they were limited in scope. One day I will spend the money and do the exercises but no matter, I will still be missing a large portion of understanding that was hoping to get from this book.
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Stan Gibilisco's Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics, Third Edition 17 Oct. 2013
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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Stan Gibilisco's Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics, Third Edition, goes way beyond what one would expect in a book of this title. The spring binding makes it easy to use on your work bench just as Stan's lucid writing and clear graphics make it incredibly useful for the serious student or experimenter on any level. The book starts out by defining what is meant by schematic representation and then goes on to present and discuss increasingly complex electronic circuitry, always explaining it in simple terms that the novice can easily understand yet are useful to the more advanced technician as well. I highly recommend this book for all electronics students who want to broaden their perspective without getting lost in the details. Stan has written many books on the subjects of electronics and mathematics (most published by McGraw-Hill) and the ones I have read have been immensely helpful.
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Basic book 16 Dec. 2013
By A. J. Vasaris - Published on Amazon.com
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Very basic. When I got to the point that gave directions on making a breadboard from wood and nails for circuit layouts and experiments, I just had to check the publication date. The hands on circuit building didn't have anything to do with the info in the preceding chapters. There's better out there!
Buy the book and get a FREE YouTube video course! 19 Jan. 2014
By Herbert T. Case - Published on Amazon.com
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How many authors take the time to make a comprehensive video series that presents and supports their entire book? Stan Gibilisco does just that with the third edition of Beginning Guide to Reading Schematics. Both the book and video series start with an explanation of what is involved in understanding electronic schematics. Block diagrams, component symbols, simple circuits, and complex circuits are all chapter titles. Each of these subjects is dealt with in an easy to read (and view) format. I have read the previous versions of this book and Stan has rewritten many sections, redrawn all the schematics, and included a new section that explains how each circuit works. Combining reading with viewing the YouTube videos will give a beginner as well as an "old hand" a new understanding and appreciation for electronics! I built the test board in the "Let's learn by doing" chapter and completed all the experiments. I found this great fun and recommend that all readers try them. Yes, there are nice videos supporting this section of the book too! All in all a great book and video series that I give five stars! Well done Stan!!
(Stan also has videos supporting his other books at sciencewriter.net. Check them out!!!)
Great book for beginners. 6 May 2015
By M. J. Roach - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a very good book for a beginner to understand symbols and drawing conventions. The Youtube video's by Stan lead me to believe that there would be more advanced material regarding circuit analysis but in retrospect I guess I just read too much into it. I also remember him saying something about how if the book got wet nothing would happen but the pages inside are paper not any kind of water resistant material. Perhaps I just misunderstood. If you want to understand all the symbols on electronic drawings this is the book for you. I wish I had it when I started.
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