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Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition

Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition [Kindle Edition]

Paul Scherz , Simon Monk
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"If there is a successor to Make: Electronics, then I believe it would have to be Practical Electronics for Inventors....perfect for an electrical engineering student or maybe a high school student with a strong aptitude for electronics....I’ve been anxiously awaiting this update, and it was well worth the wait."--GeekDad (

Spark your creativity and gain the electronics skills required to transform your innovative ideas into functioning gadgets. This hands-on, updated guide outlines electrical principles and provides thorough, easy-to-follow instructions, schematics, and illustrations. Find out how to select components, safely assemble circuits, perform error tests, and build plug-and-play prototypes. Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition, features all-new chapters on sensors, microcontrollers, modular electronics, and the latest software tools.

Coverage includes:

  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers
  • Diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits
  • Optoelectronics, solar cells, and phototransistors
  • Sensors, GPS modules, and touch screens
  • Op amps, regulators, and power supplies
  • Digital electronics, LCD displays, and logic gates
  • Microcontrollers and prototyping platforms, including Arduino
  • DC motors, RC servos, and stepper motors
  • Microphones, audio amps, and speakers
  • Modular electronics and prototyping

About the Author

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

Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. Monk spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is a full time writer on hobby electronics and open source hardware. Dr. Monk is the author of numerous electronics books, including 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius and Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subjects are good but... 21 Jun 2013
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I got this book to help me do electronic hacking. My knowledge dates back from a year in High School some 40 years ago. I have read about 10% so far and the subjects covered, mainly basics have been very helpful to me. That is good.

However, there a quite a few typos, and potentially other errors in the oversizes which I wonder about. The publisher (McGraw Hill) does offer an errata sheet, but there is no way that I can find to ask questions to the authors/publisher, nor forum to post to etc. I did write to the publsiher's customer service a couple of times but they do not reply. This is the bad.

All in all, it has been worth the money because the subjects covered are the ones I need. For a 3rd edition I would expect less mistakes, and I always expect the authors to be available to discuss their work, but this does not seem to be the case here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 2 Mar 2013
By GC70
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excellent book all the mistakes have been fixed from the second edition i have checked with the online errata but not sure if there are any new mistakes as i havent been through it all yet but excellent book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Electronics I have read 10 May 2013
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This is a BIG book, physically, and in scope. It does NOT disappoint. I'm only 20 or so pages in, and already it's taught me something fundamental that I had not learned from all the other books on this subject I've read over the last 40 years. Because it's covering all the bases (the electronics, the underlying physics and the maths) it requires concentration, but that, I'm confident, will be rewarded with a grasp of the subject I've failed to acquire elsewhere. Recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. 10 May 2013
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A great book. It's wide on coverage and deep in content. You can scan it to find out how specific devices work or how to design a particular circuit or like me you can simply read the book from start to finish and then dip in again regularly. It covers practical electronics at every reasonable level and is both stimulating and useful. The descriptions of theory are very clearly explained and go to just the right level for me (stopping just short of deep particle physics). In order to help the understanding of the operation of all the basic devices such as ordinary transistors and MOSFETs for example, clear mechanical water based analogies are presented.

The book goes on to explain practical non-textbook stuff that you need to know but typically don't find very easily. There are heaps of illustrations, circuit examples and know how in the form of data tables and diagrams. This all lets you understand how things work and enables you to design and build practical circuits for a host of applications. The book generally is full of highly relevant contextual information as well, eg on how to use basic lab equipment to help build and test circuits.

This 3rd edition adds a large collection of new useful and interesting material in areas such as microcontrollers and modular electronics that bring it up to date with current practice.

I'd thoroughly recommend this book to students of any technical discipline who are studying electronics and want to make sense of the theory in the real world or to anyone wishing to learn electronics concepts in order to develop useful circuits or prototype products. I'd also recommend this book to anyone who simply wants to see how to write an excellent technical opus.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! 29 Mar 2013
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A few months ago I started playing around with arduinos and electronics and since then I've been building up electronics bits and bobs and being a bit of a book whore, quite a few books aswell!

Arduino is great because it has lowered the barrier to entry into electronics to such a level that anyone that can assemble flatpack furniture and copy & paste can now do some electronics, unfortunately this also makes arduino terrible, the second you stray away from shields and tutorials you quickly realise that you still don't have a clue what you are doing and in reality know next to nothing about electronics.

This book will fix that.

Of the nine books on electronics and arduino that I have read this is the one that is going to stay out permanently, be constantly checked for solutions to problems and browsed for inspiration or for refreshing knowledge. When you have outgrown the 'dummies' level and are ready to learn some proper electronics this is the only book you need.

As a bonus it is also a huge book, it easily has more content than the other eight books I have combined and it would still be a good purchase at £70, when it's on sale here for £20 it is a total bargain.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prctical Electronics for Inventors 10 Jun 2013
By Jan
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Very useful, practical book. For beginners and more advanced electronics. A lot of element parameters and practical devices. Hardback is better for everyday use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific book. 16 Mar 2014
By tychos
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Sometimes you read a book written by someone who is knowledgeable, passionate about their subject and can actually write. This is such a book. It's quite simply inspiring and I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I have no doubt I will be going back to it again (and again) in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE REFERENCE BOOK 19 Dec 2013
By Bob
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A really useful book which I use for the occasional reference. As a professionally qualified electrical and electronics engineer who still teaches the subject, I'd say it's one of the best publications I've read of late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If like me you need to learn more about modern practical ...
If like me you need to learn more about modern practical electronics look no further, this is the book. Brilliant !
Published 1 month ago by Brian Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the practicality of this book
I like the practicality of this book, with a real focus on the 'inventor' rather than a school textbook. Handy inside cover.
But it has just as much info as a textbook.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. H. E. Mcmorran
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 'teacher' I've ever known.
I've been dealing with electronics over fifty years. Nobody wrote books like this back then. This book provides the professional and the amateur alike with facts, formulae,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pianofingers
5.0 out of 5 stars The book you've always been looking for
This book is exactly what it says it will be: a practical manual for electronics students and/or amateurs beginning to deal with basic subjects (or not so basic...). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ines Almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Electronics for Inventors
This is a very large book and full of useful information. I have found it well written and informative. A good book and worth the money.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Rex Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to become an inventor?
The book is very good - I have many books in this field and I hesitated being afraid the information will overlap - well no, it is well balanced between the practical aspects that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by carapacea
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point
This book is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to start developing their own electronics projects and has no prior knowledge on the subject. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Photonion
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful.
It's given me some ideas to start playing with electronics again, after a hiatus of twenty years or so, more or less.
Published 4 months ago by S. D. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Electronics
For me, this is a very good book aimed at hobbyists. Gives background information on all the components and then introduces circuits and onto microprocessors.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars all good
a job well done. a great book & a great supplier. if only the rest of the world were like this.
Published 5 months ago by F. Fakhim
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