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Make: Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors Paperback – 5 Nov 2012

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About the Author

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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This book does exactly what it says on the tin- it is not a theory book but a reference on components and how to use them. It is explained right from the start how this book fills gaps between information readily available from manufacturers, the internet and other theory based books
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).
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I'm an electrician but know little to nothing about electronics at a component level. I brought this book thinking it would have a few pictures of diodes and resistors but was pleasently surprised to find much more. It explains how the components work, what their purpose is and shows diagrams of when they would be used. The infomation is written in a way thats straight forward and easy to understand. I have always struggled to take in information from books yet I'm finding this easy to digest and feel it will be a go to source for a long time.
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Very practical guide to common components. I'm really looking forward to next Volume 2.

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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This is a great book for someone starting to learn electronics. It enables the reader to identify components via past and present nomenclature, explains how they work and what you can use them for. It tells you the minimum of mathematical theory but gives you what you need to know.
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Fairly good read. Explains about components on how they function and fail rather then fixing your broken vintage hi fi or radio. In fact if your looking to repair broken electrical's, this book covers mainly modern components so isn't much use for older equipment. It's still a good informative read but in my opinion, limited to more modern electrics, obviously, will be great in 15 - 20 years when electronics have advanced further again.
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My son is Key Stage 2 and he loves this. He keeps going back to it, month after month, to just read or to find out about something specific. He wasn't too keen on trying out some of the "hands-on" experiments though, as his sense of adventure is balanced by his need for self-preservation. Funny though! Very much recommended.
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Great book for anyone getting into electronics who wants to go abit more in depth about components, well illustrated, well written
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Top notch book. Modern and elegant and quite handy. Can't wait for all of the encyclopedia to complete publishing. Probably a must have for anyone into electronics.
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