Having only read about a quarter of this book, I cannot comment on the later chapters, but so far, I am enjoying the read. The book takes a very practical approach from the word go. The author wants you to have a feel for what electricity is and how it moves around the circuits by getting you to push them to their limits, melting the odd battery cell and LED along the way. The teaching is aimed at the complete beginner and may be a little slow to get moving for some, but if you don't mind that, then its a good read (so far!). The topics appear to be moving on fairly rapidly, and I am more than satisfied with what I have learned so far. You are expected to buy some bits and bobs (electronic components ...etc) to do the practical side of things in this book, and this may set you back a lump of cash, but I guess there is no avoiding this and you will be able to stagger the purchasing over a period of time if you like as you work your way through the book.
As other reviewers have said, the style of this book is excellent; it really gets you experimenting which is of course the best way to learn these things. The practical experiments are backed up by small bite-sized theory lessons to re-enforce what you've learned. I bought the Kindle version which (apart from being nearly as expensive as the print copy - one of my gripes with Kindle some times) is well presented and well laid out (another problem with some technical books on Kindle). You can also make notes, bookmark and easily search the Kindle version which I find useful with technical books like this.
That said there are some negatives:
- Some components called for in the experiments are not easy to get in the UK - in the second batch of experiments the author asks you to buy a very specific relay which I found difficult to find;
- The author's claim that the components you need are cheap - I totted up what I'd need to buy online from Maplin for the first 11 experiments (and there are 33 in the book) and it came to about £160. Granted that included a good multimeter at about £50, with many components being re-usable later, but you see the point.
So in summary, well worth it but be prepared to invest a lot more money than the cost of the book.
Bought this to assist with an interest in electronics. I bought the e-book with a bit of trepidation as sometimes e-books don't reproduce the graphics and photographs as well as hard copy versions. This one works fine and all the illustrations and graphics are very good on the electronic version. The book gets plenty of rave reviews from other buyers on Amazon and I can only agree. It is well written and takes things at a good pace - not too quick. It teaches through examples without baffling the reader with loads of theory. The theory is introduced appropriately after you have learned the point through the experiments. Highly recommended.
New to electronics? This is an ideal 'teach yourself' practical guide using a sequence of experiments to develop your knowledge. This is great fun but entails quite a financial outlay to purchase tools and components if you have to start from scratch. The Kindle version is convenient and the "bookmarking" of each chapter and experiment makes navigation easier. However, some of the diagrams are rather difficult to read. A magnifying glass is useful and the book has its own website where the diagrams can be accessed.
From the other reviews I was put off by the start of the book - it's very basic and I was worried that I'd wasted my money, but the level builds quickly and while it is only covering the basic stuff, it is well written, clear and engaging. Well worth the money