Make: Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors Paperback – 5 Nov 2012
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Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Make magazine, where he writes about electronics. He is the author of the highly successful introductory hands-on book, Make:Electronics, and is writing a sequel to that book in addition to volumes 2 and 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components.
Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, and has written various computer books. As a prototype designer, he created semi-automated rapid cooling devices with medical applications, and air-deployable equipment for first responders. He was the sole author of four mathematical-graphics software packages, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make magazine.
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I've now looked through it and it is suitable for NC/NVQ level qualifications- it provides the required depth of knowledge without delving into complex mathematical equations.
It provides some simple circuits to clarify some uses of the componets and also some of the common faults that occur either through human error or wear and tear, or incorrect use.
My only gripe is it is American although references are made to European/UK voltages.
I really do not know where in the book wreckdriver has misunderstood the author regarding cells and batteries.
For me, it does fill a gap in available resources and I highly recommend it (if only it used 240V and mm not inches).
Very handy real-world reference. Even though I've been involved in electronics for years I found some really good stuff in this.
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