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  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (28 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521370957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521370950
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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'The best self-teaching book and reference book in electronics … The beauty and fun of electronics shows through.' Radio Communication

'Full of clever circuits and sharp insights, but with a surprising minimum of mathematics … The depth is genuine, as is the richness of examples, data and apt tricks.' Scientific American

'Far and away the finest book on the subject of electronics … in the last decade. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone whose research or experiments require some electronics.' Optical Engineering

'Another electronics textbook that became an international best-seller … the book is renowned for presenting the techniques that circuit designers actually use.' IEEE Spectrum

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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Josh on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Update: The long awaited 3rd edition of this text is apparently completed and being typeset, with a view to release mid 2014. You are advised not to buy this edition!

I am well aware that i am treading a dangerous line here. Many people fanatically swear by the "Bible" as it is so often called.

I'm sure that at some point, this really was the best book in the business. It has lots of detailed discussion, about almost every area of electronics, often including "real-life" components - very useful when designing circuits. Most of the content is still relevant and there is a great discussion about micro-power and some other subtopics.

The Art excels in its title. There is plenty of discussion about how to go about designing a circuit. Rather than simply give the reader a list of standard circuits (say the myriad opamp circuits, rectifying and regulating circuits, etc) and leaving out the application, the book deals strongly with how to actually put the designs into use. There are (usually in each chapter) often "real world" examples where a believable problem is laid out and a potential solution is carefully examined. Not many books do this and there are some real insightful passages.

Where it falls down, however, is age. Bear in mind that the most recent edition is now over 20 years old (as of last July). 20 years is a long time by most people's standards, but in a field like electronics, that is an age. For instance, this was published before the WWW took off, before OLEDs, etc.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Ellis on 15 Oct. 2002
Format: Hardcover
As an electronics hobbyist, I must say that I can't rate this book highly enough.
It is a very good introduction to the fundamentals of electronics, such as how transistors behave, as well as having a large number of "cookbook" examples of good and bad circuits.
It is written in a nice, easy, informal style, without heavy emphasis on mathematics. Although it is the kind of book you can dip into, it is actually readable enough to sit down with and read whole chapters - and there are precious few reference books you can do that with.
There are sections on transistors, FETs, discrete analogue circuits, timers, op-amps, how DACs and ADCs work (essential if you are doing any serious work with them), how to drive logic signals over large distances and why you need special line drivers, RS232 and UART operation, address decoding for peripherals, driving multiplexed displays, and many others.
If there is a downside to this book, it is that the specific information in the microprocessor section is a little dated. (The reference design uses a 68008, for example, although it does list the 68040 and 80486 as available.) However, the general principles of logic-driven designs are still sound, even if some of the actual specific devices have changed.
It's not cheap, but it's the best £45 I've paid out in a long time.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2000
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I have worked as an Electronics Engineer for many years and thought I knew the subject well - until I brought this book that is. It must be said that this is the best book I have ever purchased on the subject, with clear, concise and down to earth information on many topics . This book is for people who want to learn REAL electronics. The coverage on transistor theory and design for example is superb, banishing away many of the myths of many circuit designs and how to design them properly. I assure you that you DO NOT know electronics until you have studied this book from cover to cover ! The book also covers many other topics which are a 'must-know' for anyone in the realms of electronic design and troubleshooting. The topics give real world answers to the problems experienced in everyday designs, and not just loads of text book garbage formula theory given in some books that I could mention. An indispensable book for which I cannot say a bad word. BUY IT !
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1998
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This book is practically indispensable for anyone who either wants to get deep into electronics or who wants to just dip in and learn enough about a technique to use it. Unlike a lot of other electronics books which are full of formulas, the art of electronics adds rules of thumb and design shortcuts used by experienced engineers which take a lot of the drudgery out of design. The easy-to-read text and good, practically self-contained chapters make it easy to dive in and out of as needed. One of the major plus points of the book are the many 'good' and 'bad' circuit ideas, giving you circuit ideas and also showing you how NOT to do it. The digital side is slightly out of date (coverage of PICs and other cheap uPs would be nice) but still covers all the main points you'd need to know on small digital circuits.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2001
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I bought the first edition of this book in the late 80's as a 'wet behind the ear' engineer. I have owned the second edition since the early 90's and it is, without any doubt, the best general reference book on electronics available. It's informal style, helpful suggestions and non-mathmatical content make it a riveting read! My only comment is "when is the third edition coming out chaps?".
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