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Stan Gibilisco (1953–2020)

Author of Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics

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About the Author

Stan Gibilisco is the author of several important scientific books, including Understanding Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics. While his primary interests are in technical and scientific fields, his passion has always been writing. He has worked as vice show more president of an electronic company and explains the exciting field of electronics in clear and complete terms. Gibilisco was born on September 26, 1953 in Birmingham, Ala. and educated at the University of Minnesota. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Stan Gibilisco

Physics DeMYSTiFieD (2002) 250 copies
Statistics Demystified (2004) 132 copies
Trigonometry DeMYSTiFieD (2003) 93 copies
Geometry DeMYSTiFieD (2003) 77 copies
Astronomy Demystified (2002) 74 copies
Electricity Demystified (2005) 70 copies
Electronics Demystified (2004) 65 copies
Math Proofs DeMYSTiFieD (2005) 65 copies
Everyday Math Demystified (2004) 62 copies
Meteorology Demystified (2005) 41 copies
Logic DeMYSTiFieD (2010) — Author — 23 copies
Technical Math DeMYSTiFieD (2006) 22 copies
Optics Demystified (2009) 14 copies
Encyclopedia of electronics (1985) 13 copies
Audio Demystified (2006) 7 copies
Understanding Lasers (1989) 2 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Gibilisco, Stan
Date of death
Birmingham, Alabama, USA



I will read anything that gives me ideas for how to better help my students get acquainted with reading schematics. In the days of the Arduino and relatively cheap breadboard kits, I'm surprised at the author's decision to focus on power supply and radio circuits, and old techniques like wire-wrapping.

The initial circuits diagrams were nice in that they showed a pictorial view of circuit elements followed by a schematic, something I encourage my intro physics students to do. But the book seemed like "here's how you connect a light bulb to a battery" followed by, "here's a transformer, full wave rectifier, and noise-suppression circuit. Have fun!" (I would also not recommend that a newbie work with 120 VAC signals...)… (more)
lemontwist | 1 other review | Feb 22, 2023 |
While the first half, dealing with basic stats concepts is useful, the second half is long-winded and repetitive.
mr_thrym | 1 other review | Aug 1, 2020 |
The book is a good start but it could have been better if more explanation were given to the choice of component values in the example circuits. The author probably avoided this level of detail because it would probably involve some mathematics. The book as it is requires no math. I just felt I wanted more insight into the thought process of the designers of the circuits. Maybe a sequel to the book is in order.
RFBrost | 1 other review | Jul 8, 2020 |
Statistics Demystified is another book in the “Self-Teaching Guide” Demystified series. As with most of the books in a series meant to teach, it begins with the Foundations, the basics of the mathematics that we will be getting into. It has the usual part where the book describes what is and what is not statistical data. The true meat and potatoes of the book get into the mathematical aspects of probability, which is actually pretty simple. You have a possible outcome and a chance of it happening and you have to determine if some events are related or not and so on.

Once you start to add Multiple Disjoint outcomes to the mix it gets slightly messy but it isn’t too bad. The math doesn’t really get too heavy at all. It is mainly charts, graphs, tables and so on. The math used to analyze the data is simple enough and somewhat interesting. All in all, the charts and graphs are readable, it demonstrates how to read this data and interpret it and it does so pretty well.

It has workable problems and plenty of examples, making this book pretty effective if you don’t have another way to learn this material. Another little thing about this book that doesn’t really matter is that it was printed in 2004, so while it isn’t really up to date, there isn’t really much that changed in the realm of Statistics. It was written by Stan Gibilisco, a person that I have heard of before due to the books that I have.
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Floyd3345 | 1 other review | Jun 15, 2019 |



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