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Practical Electronics Handbook Paperback – 11 Jan 2007

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Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, 'Understanding Electronic Components' was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at http://website.lineone.net/~ian_sinclair


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I have been involved in electronics for around ten years now, various college courses and work placements.

It is fair to say I have read (or browsed atleast) a massive amount of books on this subject area.

I can say without any shadow of doubt that this is the best electronics hndbook on sale at this moment in time.

It covers the same areas as every other handbook writted in the last fifty years (resistors, capacitors, transformers etc.), but is fully updated with very respectable chapters on micro processors, complex programmable logic devices, electronic computer aided design, industry standard design practices plus so much more.

I found this book in my local library and am now looking to purchase it for future refrence's.

I would highly recommend buying this book, or atleast checking it out at your nearest library.
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I bought this book to get ahead in my college electronics studies , and it turns out that the £18 I spent purchasing this book , was the best purchase of my entire life. This book is clear and concise , it goes into a fair amount of detail even with the first few pages , with helpfulll illustrations and a reference guide at the back of book containing everything you might need to look up. The way its written makes for a fairly casual read , however like me , I would spend 10-20 minutes remembering the formulas mentioned in the book as it really does help.
I will be definitely be buying the 7th Edition ( if its released ). A genuine must have for all electronics students , and engineers. 10/10.

( Might I also recommend buying from FatBrain on the checkout as I ordered from them , and received my book 10 days before the limit in excellent condition.
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Well luckily i have a PDF copy of this book that I scvenged off the net rather than wasting my money on it and really now that I'm reading it i'm getting all the more dismayed ! I really hate these "new fangled" books written purely for profit. The book is scimping on important explanations almost as though it assumes you know about the subject (which i do hence my picking up on these mishaps where a real novice would be left in limbo), diagrams are on different pages while the text starts talking about other topics really it is poorly laid out, poorly written and the diagrams are in my opinion not always following conventions and do have errors like a stray diagonal wire basically shorting a part out. Really when is it that people will go back to wrting about electronics as a passion and not just to rip us off. This books wrting style is almost as bad as Mike Predco writing about pics, I get that feeling that either I'm dumb and not getting it or that the author is ripping me off.

Well rant over - ye be warned, I was hoping this was going to be a lighter read than "the art of electronics" just to refresh my memory and pick up a few more details here and there but looks like I'll have to go with the more hardcore "the art of electronics" (that is a bit too in depth at times for a hobbiest) when i actually want to know something and read this one for "entertainment" value
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Excellent book, well thought out and compiled. Comprehensive content is clear, concise, easily understood. Useful reference for beginner and experienced alike. A must for any electronics enthusiast.
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Starts at the very beginning and leads you through each component, it's construction and how it works. Invalueable for me just starting out in electronics.
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