Starting Electronics Paperback – 18 Sep 2004
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Amazon reviews - selected quotes: "I am ever so grateful to have found this amazing little book. I am a completely devoted fan of this book. I give this book ALL the credit for helping me pass my college course! This book gave me the skills and the confidence to figure out how to put together very simple robots and circuit boards. This book starts with the very, very basics, but it gives you the fundamentals very well so that you can tackle things on your own." - Kelly Jones "Outstanding book... plain and simple. If this book cost twice the amount it does, you would still be getting a deal." - Howard R. Lee "This is a great book. To admit one thing, I knew NOTHING about electronics. Coming from a software development background I wanted to see how the other side worked, and this book did an amazing job at explaining. Nothing could be done to make this book better, it's perfect!" - Kyle Goslin "This is great and has finally made the subject accessible to me. it's the way you wish your teacher had done things. I've picked things up in minutes from this book that I've seen other books spend hours talking about." - G. Graham --Kelly Jones --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Keith is a freelance journalist whose whole life (well, apart from the wife, the kids, the music and the mountain bike) is computers. He's been writing about them (computers, that is) for over 18 years, in the meantime working as a teacher, lecturer, engineer, journalist and finally (for the last 12 years) freelance in the computing field. He fondly remembers his first contacts with the Commodore Pet, the various Sinclair oddities, the BBC, PC-DOS, MS-DOS, the Mac, and the various incarnations of Windows. He dreams of new software and hardware, he realises that writing about computers makes little compared to making computers or writing the software for them, he is fully committed to passing his experience along to and making computer-life easier for his readers, yet still enjoys what he's doing. Which can't be all bad!
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When I left my review originally, I was half way through and the book seemed to decline in quality from that point. I would still recommend reading this book at some point but first, read Success in Electronics (Successfully Passing Series) as it's much clearer and much more complete.
Refreshingly, here, the author is not assuming everyone has A-level maths (or the inclination or so little else to do in their lives that they have the time to go away and get one), and that some people might just want to be able to use their multimeter to check a circuit say, rather than go away and do algebra to find out what is happening, or that they might just want to have a general understanding of what is going on. This is great and has finally made the subject accessible to me.
The book tells you about a principle, then shows you how to demonstrate it for real with a few inexpensive parts (which really brings the ideas home to you when you see them occurring from something you have done), then has a quiz at the end of the chapter so you can see if you've grasped things correctly.
Like another reviewer has said, it's the way you wish your teacher had done things.
I've picked things up in minutes from this book that I've seen other books spend hours talking about.
The author has a conversational style, which also helps demystify the subject as he makes you realise that it is NOT rocket science at the level hobby users will use it - whereas it is often presented that way in other books.
I'd recommend this book as a first electronics book for any adult.
To understand some of the equations though and how they are arrived at, you may need to look elsewhere for more information.
When I tried to buy the necessary components I found that nearly all of the semiconductors were no longer available. This was particularly galling because I had made sure that I bought the latest edition (reprinted 2008).
It claims to be a "Highly practical introduction" but fails to live up to its promise as the reader is unable to do most of the practical experiments.
The book looks to be very useful to a beginner in electronics, which can be a very scarey subject unless clearly explained.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a present and is still being used today. Very informative and interesting.Published 18 months ago by C. Bennett
An excellent book and I would certainly buy it again. I started electronics 50 years ago but still
found useful stuff in the book for helping others get going.
I havent read this book yet. so i can't comment on it. hopefully it will have been a well worth buy. .....Published on 7 April 2014 by eddy
You could start knowing nothing about electronics and end with being able to put circuits together. highly recommended to anyone interested in electronicsPublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by eweather
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