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Basic Electricity (5 Volume Set) Hardcover – December, 1978

ISBN-13: 978-0810408814 ISBN-10: 0810408813 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 735 pages
  • Publisher: Hayden Books; Revised edition (December 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810408813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810408814
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.8 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is easy to read and very clear.
Aidan Williamson
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the electrical field or just want to understand electricity.
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Every time I walk by this book, I get the urge to pick it up and read a few more sections.
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By D Robert Amthor on October 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read volumes 1-5 ten years ago when I started working as an elevator technician. My copies are third time hand-me-downs of the original 1954 publication. These are without a doubt the most helpful books I have ever read on basic electrical theory. Each topic is clearly and concisely explained and forms a building block for further topics in the series. These books form the foundation of knowledge I use in everyday real world applications. The authors explain each principle with reference to real world examples to allow the reader to relate what they have read to what they have seen.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Tracy L. Carter on March 20, 2001
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Absolutely the best book I've found to explain electricity, in the most simplictic form. I'm a person who learns through visual diagrams and this book is chaulked full of easy to understand drawings. Each chapter ends with a review section to reiterate what you've learned and a self-test that follows. Excellent book!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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This book is better than all the other selfteach manuals presently on the market.It is not hypermath or over-simplistic.It saved me over $2000 in trying to learn electronics from a correspondence school.If you want to travel on a journey through electronics, this book is your first step!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By James A. McCune on December 26, 2000
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After 30 years of doing "other things" I decided to refresh my knowledge of electrical principles learned in the military. This book is excellent because it starts at the very beginning and builds, one concept on another, with ample photos and illustrations, to allow you to truly understand what you are reading. If you want to learn about electricity and don't want to go take a course to do it, this is the book...even if you don't know anything at all about the subject!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DoTell on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I enjoy certain books, and positively despise most others.

The kind of technical books I hate are the kinds that instead of having plenty of graphical visual aids, greet you with hieroglyphics, like those checkmark division signs, and what not, upon opening to just about any page. I'm hesitant to turn pages in those books, as I fear awakening some long dead vengeful Pharaoh.

Seriously . . .

Basic Electricity, (by Nooger Van Valkenburgh) has motivated this, my first review.

It's an excellent book because it's been written 'down to my level'. When I'm finished with this book, I am confident that I will have some kind of foundation and become inspired to pursue some hobby type projects, which I had always felt would be at bay. Now, no book on Electricity would be complete without some theory and math, and this book has only so much of that, and much more of what you can visualize.

The way that the section on ac/dc motors is presented is an excellent example of what I like in well written (and illustrated) books.

Conclusion: Well over 600 pages of demonstratively written, straight-forward, and clearly illustrated study.

I look forward to coming across a similarly composed book on Electronics Projects.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A.Reader1 on April 25, 2007
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This book is a reprint of the series first published by Rider in 1954.

Its companion book, Basic Electronics, covered vacuum tube equipment. Authors have also done "Basic synchros and servomechanisms" (1955) while a later book, Basic Solid State Electronics (ISBN 0790610426) - published 1982/1983 - covered basic transistors. See my review of this last book. It's not as good as Basic Electricity.

To this day, the Basic Electricity book is one of the best you can start with when learning about electricity. The writing is crystal clear and the authors never waste words or repeat themselves.

Even clearer than the words are the diagrams. They show you exactly what's going on. And so many diagrams. Put the words and pictures together and you can't help but understand everything.

This reprinted version by Prompt covers more topics than found in my 1954 series by Hayden Books. Prompt version also has problem sets.

The only section I didn't enjoy of Basic Electricity was part 5 on motors/generators/power systems. And that's just because it's not my area of interest.

This book is done (mostly) from a qualitative POV. The math is simple. some algebra and phasors. Doesn't use calculus or complex numbers. For those who want this approach get "Principles of Electronics: Analog and Digital" by Lloyd R. Fortney and/or "Introduction to Modern Electronics" by J.C. Sprott (OOP now so buy it used)

Probably the only books that match Van Valkenburgh et al. for clarity are the 24 part series Navy Electricity & Electronics Training Series (NEETS), the books by Schuler/Fowler (Electricity: Principles and Applications by Richard J. Fowler and Electronics: Principles and Applications by Charles A. Schuler) and Bernard Grob's books: Basic Electronics and Direct and Alternating Current Circuits.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By laser_mechanic on July 3, 2005
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Although basic as the title suggests, it is an excellent text with lots of problems and explanations for those requiring a technician's understanding of practical electricity using ELECTRON FLOW. One can breadboard a lot of these circuits and test circuit analysis concepts. Don't expect an electrical engineering circuit analysis book; for that purpose, get Mr. Van Valkenburgh's Engineering Circuits, or Bobrow's excellent Elementary Circuit Analysis and Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering.
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