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This review is from: Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition (Paperback)
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.
I wish I had this book 30 years ago when I was struggling with electronics lectures and had a desire to build stuff for my mobile disco. I could have done with an expert friend like this. In fact I liked this book so much I bought a Kindle version too so that I always have a copy nearby. There's not many non-fiction books I'd consider for my top 10 favourite books but this one goes in there. It would be hard to over-rate this book in my opinion.