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Make: Electronics

by Charles Platt

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I was hoping this would be a good resource for teaching an intro electronics class. At times it is quite good, but often it is only passable. If I didn't know electronics myself, my students would be gaining lots of "knowledge" but left with lots of questions and unable to apply what they had learned.

I find the author skips describing certain important things, covers other things that are not relevant at the time, occasionally uses the best approach for teaching, but more often is little better than a standard textbook.

On the whole, a great resource, but don't try to use it as your sole resource. ( )
  jeremiahstover | Aug 31, 2018 |
A lot of useful ideas for beginners in electronics. Somewhat more intermediate hobbyists may find something in here for them as well, but probably not the more advanced types. ( )
  lemontwist | Mar 6, 2018 |
Make: Electronics 2nd Edition by Charles Platt is simply the best book to learn basic electronic circuits and how they work. It is easy to understand and follow, hands on, and interesting. The author is easy to get in touch with, provides updates and answers questions if you need it. There are great electronic kits available from https://www.protechtrader.com that have all of the electronic components needed for the experiments in the book which makes it even more fun to follow along making each experiment in the book without having to hunt down the correct parts and wait for them to arrive. ( )
  tronguy | Jul 13, 2017 |
It's the best intro to building with electronics that I can imagine.

My only frustration has been adapting one of the circuits to a breadboard version (i.e. the LED blinking circuit - "A Pulsing Glow"); it's more a function of my limitations though than the limitations of the book.

The fact that it's so much better than other electronics books out there, (possibly combined), merits its 5-star rating. ( )
  scuppers | Jul 20, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0596153740, Paperback)

"This is teaching at its best!"

--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com)

"A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this book highly."

--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!

Build working devices, from simple to complex You'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.

Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why

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ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING. You'll learn all of the basic components and important principles through a series of "learn by discovery" experiments. And you don't need to know a thing about electricity to get started. Get step-by-step instructions on building working devices that demonstrate fundamentals such as voltage, amperage, resistance, inductance, and capacitance. Then tackle more complex electronics concepts, including analog/digital conversion, logic gates, and integrated circuits. Along the way, you'll learn valuable tips and techniques, always with clear explanations of what you're doing and why.… (more)

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