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Forrest Mims Engineer's Notebook Paperback – August 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-1878707031 ISBN-10: 1878707035 Edition: 4th
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"Here's a real hands-on book for the tinkerer, filled with all sorts of interesting and useful circuits."
--Popular Communications

"If you do any kind of real-world interface or embedded systems work, don't miss this one."
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About the Author

Forrest Mims has been an electronics hobbyist since building a one tube radio kit at the age of 11. Following graduation from Texas A&M University in 1966 and service as a photo intelligence office in Vietnam, he worked for three years with high-powered lasers, solid-state instrumentation, and trained monkeys with the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in New Mexico. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1970, he's written several hundred magazine articles and scholarly papers. His articles and columns have appeared in virtually every significant electronics magazine, including Popular Electronics, Radio-Electronics, and Modern Electronics. His articles on other scientific topics have appeared in a wide range of other publications, including National Geographic World, Science Digest, Highlights for Children, and Scientific American. His editorial exploits have included an assignment from the National Enquirer to evaluate the feasibility of eavesdropping on Howard Hughes by laser (it was possible, but Forrest declined to take part) and getting dropped by Scientific American as their "The Amateur Scientist" columnist because he admitted to the magazine's editors that he was a born-again Christian. His book sales total in the millions, and he is likely the most widely-read electronics writer in the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 4th edition (August 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878707035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878707031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Thomas T. Verga on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book starts where Mims previous "Getting started in electronics" leaves off. this book is not a rehashing of his mini notebooks but is a serious effort to present the reader with many options and alternatives to his previous work. Mims gives great detail to areas that he just touched on before. My best advice is get and study "Getting started..." and then move into this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "dmoss@u.arizona.edu" on May 7, 2003
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This book will help both electrical and computer engineers generate ideas to build circuits. There are more digital logic circuits than purely analog circuits described in the book, with roughly 4 schematics per page (~149 pages total). The analog circuits are mainly built around op-amps. The book has a few equations to describe the analog circuits (filters, oscillators, etc.), but lacks many that would help the reader can make the circuits meet certain specifications (i.e. equations that describes the frequency of oscillation or cutoff frequency on a filter, etc.) Therefore, it will help give you ideas to accomplish a task, but not be useful as a purely analog reference guide. Because digital circuits do not require equations, and the book is mostly digital, it makes for a good digital reference.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
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This book answers both the "How does it work?" and "How can I build a circuit that will...?" questions for anyone involved in electronics, from the beginner electronics hobbyist to the seasoned engineer needing a quick circuit to solve a measurement problem. It includes and expands upon Forrest Mims' popular Engineer's Mini-Notebook Series that have been the mainstay of my reference collection for years. I liked my copy of the Engineer's Notebook so much that I ordered eight additional copies for other engineers and scientists I work with.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
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I found this book incredibly disappointing. i had seen the little radio shack books and figured this contained all those rolled into a big book. well it doesn't. it's agreatest hits and i didn't think they were all that great. more digital than analog and most of the analog circuits are based on chips that aren't around anymore. maybe it's not a problem for someone who knows there IC's but i found it incredibly frustrating. Several times I tried to build circuits but couldn't find the chips. And when he doesn't go into detail about what each component is doing, it's tough to find a substitute.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PeterB. on January 1, 2005
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I purchased this book based on others previously written by Mr. Mimms. My old collection consisted of his 1980 edition of the Engineer's Notebook series and the Integrated Circuit Projects mini books previously available from Radio Shack. There always seems to be some overlap with his books. I was attempting to update my library since I had not been involved in circuit building for a while. There are some additional circuits/chips since the 1980 version. Be advised there is even a "Notice To Readers" insert advising that some of the circuits may use older parts that may not be easy to find..."
I believe the description of this book should be more upfront in advising people of the older circuits presented and possible difficulty in finding parts to build them. This backs up my comment on the overlap with my old 1980 edition. The information in his 'Timer, Op Amp & Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects' should have been included in this book. This new edition has fresh white pages, my 1980 edition pages have yellowed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
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This is the Best Quick Reference that all Eng's and Hobbists must have on hand,it is the best friend of Electronic Students.It is part of my favorite collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thatoneguy on March 22, 2013
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I usually dislike textbooks but Forrest Mims deserves a spot on my book shelf. I think of him as the Bob Ross of electronics. His series of books are incredibly detailed but simple enough that you don't need a math degree to understand. He gives you enough information to get you going in a well compiled, easy to follow way. Combine Forrest Mims with The Art of Electronics and you can teach yourself a great deal about circuitry. I really wish I had access to this book as a teen.

I especially recommend this for teenagers or even kids interested in Electronics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grtengr@blarg.net on August 24, 1997
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A popular title with both students and engineers, this book covers the fundamentals of creating and using many different circuit types and applications. From resistor color codes to complex digital circuits, Mims delivers with consummate style
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