I'm a highly accomplished programmer so maybe i found this book exceptionally easy to get to grips with. However....
Having used (programmed) some Arduino boards and Raspberry Pi's for a couple of projects I decided to go back to my youth and actually learn something about electronics instead of focusing directly on software.
I read a couple of things on web sites then downloaded this book and I'm very glad I did.
It's easy reading and enjoyable - the authors manage to happily speak to the geek in me with pop culture references and a joke or two. All whilst teaching me why I need a resistor before an LED (I actually found that out the hard way...) - what a capacitor does and why I need to know... And by the end of each chapter I realised I had been sneakily taught a shed load about each subject.
We take quite a leap around 70% through with a massive warning about not to panic (and rightly so) into IC's, logic gates, and a little BASIC programming.
Finally a few real world example builds to produce fully functioning circuits.
I've gone from a total newbie with no real idea of what on earth I was even looking at to a total newbie who knows what different components do and roughly how I can put them together in a useful way, read an oscilloscope, and be confident to build and debug (is that the right word for electronics?) fairly robust systems.
I can read a schematic and understand what's going on (a REALLY helpful thing to be able to do).
Safety is extremely well covered too.
This book is pretty much, in my opinion a essential and pleasing and informative read for anyone wanting a very solid inroad into electronics.
This book is just what I needed to make flashing LED circuits to make it look like I have sensors in my garage and at various locations around the house. The LED's are located to show when we are out and all night. It's obviously a bluff but every little helps, including bump-proof locks and making sure that doors are locked as well, every night. The book also answers many questions about electronics that have fascinated me for ages. I only have a rudimentary knowledge of the subject but I am really happy with this book to guide me.
Excellent book to get engrossed in practical Electronics without advanced Math or Physics. Good basic theory reference book to keep at hand also. Plenty of build it projects with detailed components lists. If you get this book get the Knife switches and the old torch bulbs while they are still produced !
If you are new to electronics and want to learn, then this is the book for you. If you can obtain a copy of Circuit Wizard to go with it, you will learn more by reading, then building the circuits shown and then running a simulation ofthem and seeing how they perform in real time. An excellent publication.
I won't live long enough to absorb all the material in this book. It leads the reader into each topic with humour and simple ideas but it was 'War and Peace' when I needed something much more basic. I wanted to learn some things about electricity that I'd failed to learn at school (the teacher and I didn't get along) and it most certainly did that - but I didn't want to learn how to be a rocket scientist. I'm sure that other people will gain enormous benefit from it but my copy will remain on my Kindle, largely unread.
This is a big book that covers a lot of ground. The early chapters are aimed at the absolute beginner but by the end of the book you'll have encountered some complex specialised material that would probably only be covered - from an educational perspective - at undergraduate level, albeit without the theoretical, "mathsy" depth. As with most of the Dummies books I've seen, the title belies the fact that it's a pretty comprehensive reference, even if the layout and language sometimes makes it seem like it's dumming down the subject. Recommended for beginners in electronics and even those with moderate experience and expertise.
If like me you are an IT professional and wanting to get to grips with micro electronics such as Arduino, then this book is fantastic. It will slowly build your knowledge up to a good foundation level whilst not assuming you are an idiot!
This is a really easy to understand well written book, I did read the reviews before I bought it and yes it is disappointing that the diagrams are not in colour it's the only thing that lets this book down otherwise you will enjoy it.
The books are well written and the instructions are clear. the seriousness of the subject is tempered by a number of funny but at the same time serious asides. An abblextremely good buy for all of us who are starting to dabble in this fascinating subject.