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Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
|Make: Electronics||Make: More Electronics||Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Vol. 1||Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Vol. 2||Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Vol. 3||Make: Electronics Components Pack 1|
|Minimum Tools Required||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter||n/a||n/a||n/a||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter|
|Other recommended Tools||Soldering and desoldering tools||Soldering and desoldering tools||n/a||n/a||n/a||Soldering and desoldering tools|
|Includes Hands-On Experiments||✓||✓|
|Includes Reference Charts||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Component-by-Component Reference Circuits||✓||✓||✓|
|Ideal for Beginners||✓||No (Read 'Make: Electronics' first)||No (Read 'Make: Electronics' first)||No (Read 'Make: Electronics' first)||No (Read 'Make: Electronics' first)||No (Read 'Make: Electronics' first)|
|Introductory Electronics Tutorial||✓|
|Covers Fundamental Electronic Components||✓||✓||✓|
|Advanced Logic Chips||✓||✓|
More About the Author
Platt's ambitious reference work, Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, will consist of three volumes. The first volume was published in October, 2012. The second volume is expected before Christmas, 2014. The third is currently in preparation.
Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, and has written various computer books. As a prototype designer, he created semi-automated rapid cooling devices with medical applications, and air-deployable equipment for first responders. He was the sole author of four mathematical-graphics software packages, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
This is exactly the hands-on approach that I was looking for to teach my son. Something that he can read on his own, or read with me. Easy experimentation, clear steps, good photography. No wondering if any of the experiments will fail because they were written only/mainly to think about. These were all written to be DONE by the reader. Getting into the nitty-gritty of learning is easy when you can actively experiment as you learn.
Highly recommended as a modern first book for electronics.
Edited: Added in the comments section that I keep buying copies of this book to give away...
I was sort of obsessed with electronics when I was a kid. I read anything I could get my hands on, which unfortunately ended up being the Radio Shack catalog and a set of musty library books that seemed as though they were written in a foreign language. I pored over schematics and took things apart, much to my parents' dismay, in a vain effort to figure out just what made all those wires and components tick. I would have to say that, overall, I failed. I did manage to occasionally fix broken radios and such, but it was always by luck in finding a loose connection or a physically broken component. I simply didn't understand what all the little pieces did individually, so it was impossible to fathom what they did in concert.
Eventually I turned 16 and migrated to cars, which had actual moving parts, but a little part of me always pined to know how the solid state stuff worked.Read more ›
Instead of starting with math and theory and circuit analysis, this book uses hands on exercises and explains the theories in very easy to understand language and metaphors. But, it still does then circle back to explain the math and theory upon which the practical examples are based.
I'm only about 1/3rd of the way through the book and projects, but I'm excited to get to the point of using IC's. I've browsed ahead enough to be confident that I'm going to be able to put execute on these projects and then put this knowledge to good use.
I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to do some tinkering with electronics of any sort. Personally, I'm experimenting with data acquisition systems in a race car, and I'd like to be able to create and wire up my own sensors instead of being limited to the plug-and-play variety that are very expensive. I believe that this book will get me enough of the basics so that I can tackle these projects. Or, at the very least, I'll be able to intelligently engage my EE friends for help!
This is a superb introduction to electronics, which will provide the conceptual and experimental bench skills to yield a lifetime of enjoyment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Already ordered beginning pieces and am eager to learn more!Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent book - describes everything electronics in a very hands on fashion.
There's also component packs to go with this book and I'd highly recommend getting them as well,... Read more
Having fun working through the book with my 9 year old. He probably wouldn't be able to do it on his own, but Make has the ability to make electronics accessible for anyone.Published 1 month ago by MB
I always wanted to create my own electrical projects because I always been very fascinated by em. This little book explains everything in detail and got many exciting projects.Published 3 months ago by Spicy Pepper