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I have always been fascinated by electronics, but only in a casual sense.
I noticed this book and wondered whether electronics would make a viable hobby.
The answer is a resounding yes. I am hooked.
This book is laid out in a logical progression that takes you from "what is electricity"? to building quite complex things.
It explains the difference between Volts, Watts and Amps, how to read a circuit diagram and very importantly it gives you simple little projects you can have a crack at.
Let me be perfectly clear, this is not a book to enable you to fix your broken flatscreen or mobile phone. It will help you understand a fascinating and incredibly complex subject for the curious and is ideal
for the hobbyist.
I have since discovered starter project kits you can buy on Amazon or you can go into your local electronics store like Maplins and put together a starter kit. The book even helps you with that.
Once started i found it strangely addictive and have now spent more hard earned cash on my first projects. Now i plan to get a multimeter and become even more ambitious and creative.
This book is top notch, it is written in clear and simple steps that you can follow at your own pace, sprinkled with gentle humour and clear diagrams and pictures.
I stress again this book will not teach you how to fix your tablet pc or the ECU of your car.
It is for an apprentice would be electrician or ideally the hobbyist. It is a brilliant starting point if you want to get into electronics without spending a lot of money or making a huge commitment.
Be warned, if you are thinking hobby it will suck you in so budget accordingly. Strongly recommended
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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2013
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I owned the previous version of Electronics for Dummies, which was a single book introduction and decent enough in its own way. However, this new book is a whole different ball game - actually eight books in one, it covers everything that was in the original and so much more, including a variety of projects. For the price it's amazing value for money, and by the time you've finished it you will be far from an electronics dummy.
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VINE VOICEon 10 January 2014
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Electronics for Dummies bills itself as actually being eight books rolled into one. That's probably fair enough, as it certainly is a hefty package. It comes to just over 700 useful pages and the books within the book are as follows:

1. Getting Started with Electronics
2. Working with Basic Electronic Components
3. Working with Integrated Circuits
4. Getting into Alternating Current
5. Working with Radio and Infrared
6. Doing Digital Electronics
7. Working with BASIC Stamp Processors
8. Having Fun with Special Effects

A lot of ground is covered then. To me, a novice at electronics, it seems fairly comprehensive and decent value for the slightly higher than one might expect price.

As with most 'for Dummies' books, the introduction to 'Electronics' says you should feel free to jump from chapter to chapter and dip into the sections you need to. But, again, as a novice, I found many of the latter sections, the more interesting ones perhaps, were still incomprehensible without having read through earlier ones. Not a problem perhaps for those that didn't fail physics at school like I did. But for most beginners in the field, there are no shortcuts - you will need to read a lot before you get into the good stuff.

It's not all reading though. There are loads of projects, big and small, to try your hand at, all with decent instructions and so you could take this book as a solid introductory course, working through it to build bigger and more interesting circuits and devices.

Once you have that grounding in electronics, no pun intended, whether from working through this book or not, 'Electronics for Dummies' looks likely to remain a pretty decent reference and brush-up book for a long time to come.
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The back cover of the book says that it is "The one-stop electronics shop for tinkerers, hobbyists, DIYers and evil geniuses in-the-making". I can't vouch for the evil geniuses out there but the rest is pretty true since it presents the subject very well in the form of eight books in one. It has been written to simplify electricity and electronics making them accessible, and the book is quite comprehensive. It progresses in stages to take you from the simplest principles and techniques through the basic laws of electronic theory, and even to digital electronics.

It is designed more for the student or amateur hobbyist than as a reference book. As someone with educational and vocational knowledge of electronics I was slightly disappointed that the book wasn't more in depth in the early chapters, but then the 'Dummies' series of books is aimed at those starting with little or no knowledge so I guess the level is about right. However, anyone who makes it all the way through the book will have a pretty good knowledge of the subject by the time they finish.
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VINE VOICEon 5 January 2014
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This is a title for people who have an interest or basic knowledge in the subject and who want to know more. The enthusiasm with which it is written buoys you along and encourages you to learn more. It has all the relevant information just where you need it. You can use as little or as much of the information within and still benefit yourself. Even the most complicated part of the book is completely accessable. This reference book is a pleasure to read and should remain a valued tool to the amateur for years after it's purchase.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 January 2014
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This book begins with fundamental question about the nature of electricity, before moving on to all the major electronic components which electronic equipment depends upon. The physical construction, use, function and purpose are precisely described for resistors, capacitors, inductances, and semi-conductors. Understanding these basic building blocks is essential to the study of electronics. Identification and understanding of individual components is made easy by numerous photographs and diagrams.

Component symbols, as used in schematic circuits, are explained and defined, including the conventions of drawing schematic circuits. Sections are included on soldering and using a multi-meter. Later chapters explain the use of diodes, light-emitting diodes and transistors, to make power supplies, displays, and circuits which produce and amplify wave-forms. Simple proximity detectors using infra-red diodes can easily be constructed from the explanations given.

Safety is a frequent consideration in electronics and on each occasion a safety issue arises (e.g. soldering), it is discussed and safe ways of working are recommended. The use of experimental breadboards is explained, including how these can be easily and quickly used to assemble components to make up test circuits. Ready-made and custom circuit boards are also explained.

In later chapters, the book progresses through practical projects to more complex electronics, including the use of integrated circuits and Stamp processors to make control circuits. Projects include: a sound and light circuit, a talking puppet, a crystal set, a metal detector, and many other examples of useful circuits.

This is an extremely comprehensive and interesting book, containing highly effective illustrations, and clear diagrams, with extremely clear explanations. It is hard to imagine any aspect of basic electronic circuitry which is not contained in this book which makes study fun and fascinating at the same time. A Big Book, with the emphasis on clarity.
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VINE VOICEon 8 December 2013
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Electronics All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies: UK Edition (For Dummies (Math & Science)) [Paperback]
An introductory bible for students and dabbler's young and old - children of all ages -deemed to be safe around Electricity
50yrs ago ( The days of magazines like Practical Wireless) kids and adults played with circuits with components like individual transistors/capacitors/resistors to make transistor radios and calculators Even valves were still being used for high powered units like guitar amps. Kits of radios and calculators were sold to be assembled in the home (The first Sinclair calculator kit cost ca £35 in 1960's money I think)
(There were, no mobile phone, ipads/iPods/laptops/desktops/tablets)
Fast forward 50-60 years to the age of the laptop, tablet, mobile phone, Internet - what is now available for amateurs to do? Cue Electronics all in one for dummies which takes the complete amateurs and non specialists though the world which is Electronics in a sensible (reasonably) uncomplicated way
This tome - there are 8 books - in one - ( 4-5 chapters each) / 810 pages of Electronics background and projects to tinker and amuse oneself with. Safety is emphasized throughout .There are many projects to tinker with and ideas for future dabbling or even serious creation. Logic language ( BASIC) is introduced and how components acting as logic gates " compute" is explained.
Contents -
Book 1 Getting started in Electronics what is Electricity and Electronics)
Book 2 Working with basic Electronic components (The components and background science)
Book 3 Working with Integrated circuits (The latest IC's)
Book 4 Working with Alternating current (and mains voltages)
Book 5 Working with Radio and Infra Red (Update of what we did in the 1950's and 60's!)
Book 6 Digital electronics and logic circuits
Book 7 Working with BASIC Stamp Processors - microcontrollers and programming
Book 8 having fun with special effects (including a metal detector)
NOTE - As with all Dummies books there are "Cheat Sheets" (sadly only available online now) and there are various version of this book whose individual cheat sheets make a marvellous 5 page aide memoire

Recommended for all men (or women) and youngsters who like to retire to the garage and garden shed and make devices. Also for non specialists (like me - who made chemicals for the electronics industry for 20 years) who needed a background knowledge
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VINE VOICEon 6 January 2014
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Definitely one of the best value Dummies books, this weighty book introduces the basics of currents, the main components, integrated circuits, theory and risks of working with alternating current and much more.
If you've seen some stuff about Arduinos or Raspberry Pis and want to get started with something in hardware, then there are more specific books (I'm not sure BASIC Stamp was the best choice to cover, personally), but this is still recommended as a general overview of the various related bits that you'll need to know about. Its writing style is non-intimidating (as you'd expect from Dummies), with asides with useful tips.
Perhaps there aren't many areas that excel, but there is solid coverage of many areas, so as a primer with this scope and price it's hard to go wrong.
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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2013
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I am doing a basic electronics course at college and wanted more depth of information. This book has more than fulfilled my need. It is so comprehensive and so student-friendly - I have learned so much already and feel that I definitely want to take my studies further. It has given me so much more confidence in class; I understand the theory so much more and I am far more adventurous with the practical work.

For anyone who is learning or who is messing about at home and wants to be sure they are doing things right - this could not be a better resource. Highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 2 May 2014
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I was a little sceptical about this book at first as Dummies books can be a bit hit or miss and can sometimes be a little too gentle with their readers. However this mighty volume, that weighs in at over 800 pages and is made up of a collection of eight original mini Dummies electronic guides, is actually pretty good, and gets to the point.

The first four books give a really good grounding in electronic principles, starting off with the foundation of `What is electricity?', tools, safety tips. It then moves into the basic components with excellent explanations of theoretical concepts such as Ohm's Law. Then a book about working with basic integrated circuits followed by alternating current.

There are straightforward mini projects throughout that can be built using relatively cheap and easily available components to bring to life the concepts.

The last four mini books are where the building blocks get to be put together and used for longer involved projects.

It begins with an old school project, building a radio, which, as are all the projects, is very well explained with clear instructions. There is a comprehensive mini book on building digital electronics circuits followed by another book on using a BASIC Stamp programmable module. I had never heard of a BASIC Stamp module before, but it is like an earlier version of an Arduino module - so maybe if this is the direction you want to go in, skim through this section and maybe buy an Arduino instead (there is quite a sizeable maker community based around the Arduino so you'll get a lot more out of it). However, if you haven't heard of Arduino, then this is a good place to start with BASIC Stamp. The final book has a collection of projects, the most interesting being for a metal detector.

To summarise, this is a great book aimed at complete beginners to the world of electronics or those of us who have some vague memories of doing electronics in physics at high school - and want to get into the hobbyist practical side of electronics. Some of it is a little dated and some of the projects are a bit obscure (talking puppet anyone?) and you probably won't end up doing all the practical elements - but it is a good solid comprehensive introduction.
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