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THE BOOK THAT MAKES ELECTRONICS MAKE SENSE

This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics doesn't overload you with technical detail. Instead, it tells you -- and shows you -- what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into realities.

CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE
Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, ICD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, this is THE book.

ENTHUSIASTIC READERS HELPED US MAKE THIS BOOK EVEN BETTER
This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists, students, and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller.

Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include:

  • Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter
  • New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more
  • Answered problems throughout the book

Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all this in a guide that's destined to get your creative -- and inventive -- juices flowing.

New projects, sample problems, and much more!

Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including:

  • Basic passive components
  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers
  • Discrete passive circuits
  • Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators
  • Discrete active devices
  • Diodes, transistors, thrysistors
  • Microcontrollers
  • Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators

About the Author

Paul Scherz is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. His area of interest in physics focuses on elementary particle interactions. Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University's Department of Nuclear Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gregg Walton on 19 Sept. 2010
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This book does exactly what it says on the tin! It is invaluable as a reference and practical guide to electronic circuits. I've used it in 2 different projects in the past 3 weeks since I bought it, and I have to say, it helped me solve some sticky problems! This is exactly what I bought it for, and hence 5 stars. I wouldn't be without it now!
However, a small word of warning, it is not a book to use for studying the theory of electronics, as some of the examples given contain mistakes, and can mislead and confuse you if you're relying on them to help your understanding of in-depth elements. If you're looking for detailed theory, there are lots of other good books out there for that!
In summary, if you have prior knowledge of electronics, or are just a beginner, and would like to have a book to pull out when you're trying to solve a circuit problem or get some ideas, this is really well worth the 20 or so price tag. There are also lots of good explanations on the use of different components, and some IC's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MS on 12 Nov. 2009
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This book has a nice and clear way of presenting the subject, but one cannot read it without having a errata document available. There are hundreds of smaller and bigger factual errors in this book, in its texts, diagrams and formulas. A good and long, but not complete, errata is available in internet from a private source, not the publisher.
I recommend finding a more error-free book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Cormack on 3 Nov. 2009
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I've only just started reading this book. The content looks comprehensive.
I'm no expert and I bought this book to learn electronics but I got as far as the first example in the book (page 8) before getting confused. It took me a while to figure out that the working in the example is wrong! A quick trawl of the net turns up pages and pages of mistakes in this book so beware!
I only gave it 3 stars because of the quantity of info. Its quality is only 2 stars!
It's got a lot of stuff in it but if you want to learn electronics you may want a book that is correct.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Hutt on 5 Mar. 2009
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This is an excellent book. I haven't read too much of it yet (it's very long!) but so far it is good.

As another reviewer says, the theory chapter is a significant part of the book, but I don't think it is too complicated. The maths definitely isn't too hard; it might go into a bit too much detail but it is fairly easy to skim over.

What differentiates this book from others is the non-theory chapters. These deal with actual rather than theoretical devices. For example the section on capacitors lists all the different types (electrolytic, ceramic, etc.), the differences between them and when you might use each kind. Where other books might deal with esoteric analyses, this book focuses on what you can actually buy and use to build things.

My only complaint is the fact that it doesn't seem to have been proof read at all. There is a glaring error every few pages that even cursory reads should have picked up, for example getting infer/imply wrong (and not only grammatical errors). Not sure how this happened given that it's a second edition, and it is quite annoying hence it loses a star.

Overall though, definitely worth the £20 asking price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Groom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2009
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OK, so it's a little bit of a rave to call it the best practical electronics book of all time, but why might this be? Coming at the field of electronics from a background in mechanical engineering, and having only had a fundamental grounding in subjects such as Ohm's Law, I wanted a book which would talk to me in a language I could understand. I have at least a dozen books on electronics, and of these, this book is by far the easiest, most compelling read. It's actually quite entertaining! The main reason for this is the extensive use of very clear visual metaphors to explain complex, normally invisible processes. There are lots of very nicely rendered, hand drawn diagrams (in the style of Robert Crumb or MAD) showing pipes, valves, elastic cord and springs representing the components in electronic circuitry. This has the effect of making them instantly understandable to people like me - who like to visualise things! The diagrams are accompanied by lots of clearly written text explaining how these components might be used in the real world to make interesting and useful things happen. We are not stuck here at the level of electrons and photons, and how to calculate the resistance around a circuit, which is where it makes a firm departure from the usual approach to this topic. If you're in a similar position to me, where you're not really interested in studying basic electronics as an academic subject, but in a way which makes it instantly applicable, then this is a great book. Alongside this, I'd also recommend a software package I've used called Circuit Wizard, which allows you to design and vizualise circuits by dragging & dropping components. The combination of these will have you designing your own small electronic systems in no time. Highly recommended!
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When I started reading this book, I could not help wishing that I had this book when I was at the school of engineering. This book has an excellent balance between theory and practice. I love the fact that real part numbers are also listed where relevant. This book puts all theoretical stuff into practical context and helps you create working circuits. Explanations are thorough and very very clear. The author successfully transfers his knowledge to readers with different background. I also like the fact that typical circuit components are explained based on a specific 'creative' waterflow model at the introductory sections.
I also have another book called Art of Electronics, which was the number one reference for me. However, this book has definitely changed that ranking for me. Once you start reading this reference, you will keep on going back to it. Buy without any reservations. You will not be disappointed at all !
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