This compact guide is oriented toward the newer electronics hobbyist who is looking for a cost and space efficient means of accomplishing much with as little as possible in a portable, home or "Hackerspace" working area for electronics experimentation. This is an economical minimalist approach not encouraging you the experimenter to immediately splurge for a high end oscilloscope, signal processing equipment, or logic analyzer. Rather this short handbook will tell you how the most can be accomplished with a multimeter, a small set of hand tools, alligator clips, and a solderless breadboard. Safety, space efficiency, and order are not neglected in this compact volume. For the newbie hobbyist the appearance and function of the major electronic components, and a basic introduction to Ohm's law and Serial and Parallel Circuits are clearly explained.
I find this excellent but succinct guide to be extremely valuable to the newer electronics hobbyist, or someone trying to obtain the maximum function in an electronics lab at minimal cost and within a very limited space, or carry-all briefcase.
Ira Laefsky, MSEngineering/MBA Information Systems Consultant and participant in the Philadelphia area Hackerspace Hive76
I bought this book to see what tools were in it hoping that it had some more advanced tools and instruments. The book is a good book for people who are learning and starting off to use simple tools for a bench. Good beginner book.
This book is way on the simplistic/dumbed-down end of the spectrum. I bought it hoping to get some good ideas and plans for bench top equipment like power supplies, multimeters, logic probes, etc. instead it is your run of the mill intro to electronic components, ohm's law and some organizational tips. If that's what you're looking for and you want to keep it very simple, then this book is fine, but it is NOT what the title implied to me.
When I read this book description, I was convinced that this book was ideal for me. Since I was starting with Arduino, I hoped to learn something about arduino and how to set up my "electronics corner". To be honest: I was extremely disappointed by the content of this book. The only time Arduino was mentioned, was a caption under a picture ! And building your own tools explains that you can build your own 5V lab power supply by....cutting off the mini USB jack of a USBcharger. You also learn that you cut wires with a wire-cutting tool, etc. I will admit that, allthough the content was way to meager to be interesting, I read the book from cover to cover. Why? Because the author has a very humorous way of writing (f.e. "allways wear protection, there are no spare parts laying around for things like your eyes, your ears, ...."). If you want a very basic lecture on electricity/electronics and you are a (allmost complete) novice in the field, then maybe you get something out of the book, but else.....
Did I enjoyed reading the book; definitly yes !! Did I had fun reading the book: Yes ! Did I learned something....unfortunatly not.