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From the Back Cover
THE BOOK THAT MAKES ELECTRONICS MAKE SENSE
This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics doesn't overload you with technical detail. Instead, it tells you -- and shows you -- what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide clear, detailed instructions that can help turn theoretical ideas into realities.
CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE
Covering the entire field of electronics, from basics through analog and digital, AC and DC, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, stepper motors and servos, ICD displays, and various input/output devices, this guide even includes a full chapter on the latest microcontrollers. If you want to succeed in turning your ideas into workable electronic gadgets and inventions, this is THE book.
ENTHUSIASTIC READERS HELPED US MAKE THIS BOOK EVEN BETTER
This revised, improved, and completely updated second edition reflects suggestions offered by the loyal hobbyists, students, and inventors who made the first edition a bestseller.
Reader-suggested improvements in this guide include:
- Thoroughly expanded and improved theory chapter
- New sections covering test equipment, optoelectronics, microcontroller circuits, and more
- Answered problems throughout the book
Practical Electronics for Inventors takes you through reading schematics, building and testing prototypes, purchasing electronic components, and safe work practices. You'll find all this in a guide that's destined to get your creative -- and inventive -- juices flowing.
New projects, sample problems, and much more!
Starting with a light review of electronics history, physics, and math, the book provides an easy-to-understand overview of all major electronic elements, including:
- Basic passive components
- Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers
- Discrete passive circuits
- Current-limiting networks, voltage dividers, filter circuits, attenuators
- Discrete active devices
- Diodes, transistors, thrysistors
- Rectifiers, amplifiers, modulators, mixers, voltage regulators
About the Author
Paul Scherz is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. His area of interest in physics focuses on elementary particle interactions. Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics, an area he grew to appreciate through his experience at the University's Department of Nuclear Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.
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Top Customer Reviews
I recommend finding a more error-free book.
However, a small word of warning, it is not a book to use for studying the theory of electronics, as some of the examples given contain mistakes, and can mislead and confuse you if you're relying on them to help your understanding of in-depth elements. If you're looking for detailed theory, there are lots of other good books out there for that!
In summary, if you have prior knowledge of electronics, or are just a beginner, and would like to have a book to pull out when you're trying to solve a circuit problem or get some ideas, this is really well worth the 20 or so price tag. There are also lots of good explanations on the use of different components, and some IC's.
I'm no expert and I bought this book to learn electronics but I got as far as the first example in the book (page 8) before getting confused. It took me a while to figure out that the working in the example is wrong! A quick trawl of the net turns up pages and pages of mistakes in this book so beware!
I only gave it 3 stars because of the quantity of info. Its quality is only 2 stars!
It's got a lot of stuff in it but if you want to learn electronics you may want a book that is correct.
As another reviewer says, the theory chapter is a significant part of the book, but I don't think it is too complicated. The maths definitely isn't too hard; it might go into a bit too much detail but it is fairly easy to skim over.
What differentiates this book from others is the non-theory chapters. These deal with actual rather than theoretical devices. For example the section on capacitors lists all the different types (electrolytic, ceramic, etc.), the differences between them and when you might use each kind. Where other books might deal with esoteric analyses, this book focuses on what you can actually buy and use to build things.
My only complaint is the fact that it doesn't seem to have been proof read at all. There is a glaring error every few pages that even cursory reads should have picked up, for example getting infer/imply wrong (and not only grammatical errors). Not sure how this happened given that it's a second edition, and it is quite annoying hence it loses a star.
Overall though, definitely worth the £20 asking price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gift for my husband, he was delighted with it and gets great use out of this book.Published 14 months ago by JackB
To many errors, typos and the first copy had 38 duplicated pages and 38 missing pages.
Its a good reference book if you are careful with the worked examples.
Top book for anyone interested in electronics, but be prepared to read read read, and read some more! Oh, and you will need some test equipment.Published on 9 Jan. 2013 by Festa
When I started reading this book, I could not help wishing that I had this book when I was at the school of engineering. Read morePublished on 20 April 2012 by CCT
This is a very thorough grounding in electronics for anyone interested. Written by an academic and well written, probably more theory than many would appreciate with a lot of... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2012 by DesmondW
Practical Electronics for Inventors is a superb book for anybody who needs clear guidance through the subject of electronics. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2011 by Greyspark
In this book can found most of eledctronic parts, IC. Explanations how its works. Probably the best book about electronic ever I had.Published on 3 Jan. 2011 by Arturas Vaitonis
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