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~This book's title is misleading
on 29 November 2011
I dispute the part of the title that says " ~ How-to Guide for the Beginner".
I'm most definitely a beginner, but have had a lifetime of working with complex electronics, so I consider myself to be a beginner with potential.
I read the book from cover to cover and apart from an improvement in my memory's terminology "database" I wasn't much wiser.
First off, there's a serious problem with the book's layout with text referring to diagrams elsewhere in the book. Had the appropriate diagram been associated with the relevant text, it might have led to the same diagram appearing more than once in the book or alternatively, it could have been better to have included all diagrams in an appendix rather than have, say, text on page 9 referring to the diagram on page 83 and so on.
The book was purchased because I had a vintage Westminster Chime clock for which I couldn't figure out how to hang the pendulum, but had concluded that there must be a missing part. I was no wiser after reading the book but a dig on the internet confirmed my suspicions, with the missing part being called the pendulum suspension spring.
I realise that a slim book can't cover every type of clock in detail, so perhaps I expected too much in hoping to learn how to hang a pendulum, but that seems a pretty basic thing that would be generic to many or most pendulum-operating mechanisms. That's why I object to the book's title and consider it should have been " ~ an Illustrated Introduction for the Beginner."