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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.
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.
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.
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.
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"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 A "magnificent and rewarding book. ... Every step of this structured instruction is expertly illustrated with photos and crisp diagrams. . . . This really is the best way to learn." --Kevin Kelly, in Cool Tools The first edition of Make: Electronics established a new benchmark for introductory texts. This second edition enhances that learning experience. Here you will find unique, photographically precise diagrams of breadboarded components, to help you build circuits with speed and precision. A new shopping guide and a simplified range of components, will minimize your investment in parts for the projects. A completely new section on the Arduino shows you how to write properly structured programs instead of just downloading other people's code. Projects have been reworked to provide additional features, and the book has been restructured to offer a step-by-step learning process that is as clear and visually pleasing on handheld devices as it is on paper. Full color is used throughout. As before, Make: Electronics begins with the basics. You'll see for yourself how components work--and what happens when they don't. You'll short out a battery and overheat an LED. You'll also open up a potentiometer and a relay to see what's inside. No other book gives you such an opportunity to learn from real-life experiences. Ultimately, you will build gadgets that have lasting value, and you'll have a complete understanding of how they work. From capacitors to transistors to microcontrollers--it's all here. Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 Timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit chip), said that "This is teaching at its best!" when he reviewed the first edition. Now the second edition offers even more!
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)621.381Technology and Application of Knowledge Engineering and allied operations Applied physics Electrical, magnetic, optical, communications, computer engineering; electronics, lighting Electronics, communications engineering Electronics
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