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VINE VOICEon 7 June 2015
* Physical

This book is printed on high quality paper and improved with colour pics and diagrams. The text is of good size for those who require specs to read.

* Target audience

In my humble opinion, the quality of the work within this book by this author is broadly around H.N.C level and later then strays into initial degree level later on. This is a largely practical pitch, and still with its signature of reduced mathematical content, apart from BODMAS rules.

* Whats the best bits?

The best bits are carried from what's in the previous volume, 'Make Electronics'. Meaning this clarity continues and explains what you may be too shy to admit you may not grasp already? It describes individual components in enlightening ways, such as differing comparators and op amps configurations - the LM741 and quad op amp LM339 -, the simple transistors- the 2n2222, 555 timers, phototransistors, decoders and encoders and multiplexers, logic gates AND OR NOT NAND NOR XOR. And a major section of differing sensors is again very clearly explained.The great thing it promotes good comprehension skills with very tidy prototyping on boards that's is always be a very handy skill and is a major help in debugging when faults occur.

The reason why i estimate this book to be 'H.N.C' level plus is the problem of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'. This i experienced this type of problem in my H.N.D, and this book goes into great lengths showing the principles of this multi logic setup, even going into multiple boards carrying discrete components and not always with logic gates. The lack of logical mapping is an unusual oversight considering its pitch. A nice thing is that it applied a system approach, advising blocks in order to avoid 'reinventing the wheel' and then working down into component level.

* Summary

I enjoyed this largely practical book very much and devoured it over a week. Its refreshed lots of my half forgotten studies and gave me pleasure to read. The author explains on page 323 his background and this may surprise?
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on 28 December 2016
This book appears to be everything I thought it would be having previous reviews from people who know more about electronics than I do. My purchase was made in order to understand my grandson's homework from "IT" lessons but it is written in such a user friendly way that I am enjoying the read/instruction and have actually been enthused to have a go at some simple electronics myself. I purchased this book as having "been used" it arrived in most excellent condition and in all honesty who ever used it must have kept it wrapped in cotton wool! Really happy with the purchase and with the book itself a win win situation!
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on 14 February 2017
Not much to say about this - probably THE best electronics book out there. Clear and well written; good examples with just enough theory so you actually learn what you're doing without loads of scary equations, and some usable/makeable projects to boot. Well worth the cash if you're looking for an entry level in to the electronics world.
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on 22 June 2017
Bought this book as a gift for a retired electrical engineer, and have been told that it is an excellent book with good projects. Great value for money and a very easy book to follow.
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on 11 December 2016
The way Mr Platt writes reminds me of the best of teachers from my school days: clear steady progress through the subject interleaving theory with practical experiments. I would recommend this book for anyone starting out in electronics.
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on 16 June 2017
Brilliant buy and would buy again. Such a great book for beginners, very easy to follow and a prompt delivery. Gold stars all around
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on 26 February 2017
This is an excellent book for beginners or those returning to electronics. It's hands-on style and illustrated layout lead to an immersive learning experience. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone.
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on 29 December 2016
This is great. I am new to electronics and find this very informative. Thank you.
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on 10 September 2016
Just as described and delivered on time . A good value product. I can recommend this.
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on 10 September 2016
Just as described and delivered on time . A good value product. I can recommend this.
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