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Timer, Op Amp, and Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects [Paperback]

by Forrest M. Mims III
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February 2004 0945053290 978-0945053293 1
This Engineer's Mini Notebook features more than two dozen 555 timer circuits that you can build, 50 operational amplifier (OpAmp) circuits, and a wide range of optoelectronic circuits and projects, including many LED and lightwave circuits. This is a compilation of three of Mims's best-selling notebooks: 555 Timer IC Circuits; OpAmp Projects; and Optoelectronics.

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About the Author

Forrest M. Mims, III, has written dozens of books, hundreds of articles, invented scientific devices, and travelled to the Amazon for NASA. He loves to share his knowledge with eager students!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Master Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945053290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945053293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks very much to Amazon's reviewers or for their kind comments about my books. "Getting Started in Electronics," which has sold more than 1.3 million copies, seems to have received the most attention, so I'll comment on it here.

The book was developed during a 58-day marathon session of laying out the book and then drawing/printing the pages with a 0.7 mm mechanical pencil. It was then necessary to develop and test each of the 100 circuits. Each circuit was built and tested at least three times to avoid errors. The final round of tests was done directly from the hand-lettered text. The problem with the final testing was that many of the circuits could be built from memory without referring to the circuit diagrams in the book. This, of course, could have allowed errors to slip through. So it was necessary to check off each connection to make sure the book version was correctly reassembled from scratch.

This was the first Radio Shack book that was entirely hand-lettered. Dave Gunzel, then Radio Shack's technical editor, decided it was time for a fully hand-lettered book, and I was glad to oblige. "Engineer's Notebook," which preceded "Getting Started in Electronics," was introduced with several typed pages before full hand lettering was begun. It was Dave's idea to introduce these books, which eventually led to the "Engineer's Mini-Notebook" series. Dave used to witness science entries in my hand-lettered lab notebooks, and those notebooks triggered his idea for me to do the hand-lettered books.

A full list of my books, scientific papers, magazine articles and newspaper columns is at My scholarly history of Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory will be published by the University of Hawaii Press. I am planning a popular version of the Mauna Loa Observatory book and a memoir about my work as a serious amateur scientist.

Forrest M. Mims III

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you remember why you wanted to be an engineer December 5, 2005
I simply love this little book. Reading it has made me remember why I wanted to become an engineer in the first place - to build circuits that do cool and interesting tasks. You just don't see books like this anymore. Since the standardization of computing hardware, most engineering books are written at a very high level and do not have anything to say on circuitry that is readable by someone without a master's degree. That's where this book comes in. In less than 130 pages and for only $13 this book contains easy-to-read instructions on the construction of dozens of interesting yet simple circuits. The author even manages to make the 555-timer device, which is perhaps the simplest of all IC's, the centerpiece of dozens of interesting circuits. Each circuit requires only a page or two of information which includes complete schematic instructions and some notes on what the circuit does and why it is useful. Circuit assembly tips and pin-outs of IC's are included. I think what I liked best about this book was its section on optoelectronics. In simple language the author describes lenses and optical fibers, and then goes on to describe simple circuits that use the power of light to perform practical tasks. Since it is presented in "engineer's notebook" format, there is not much in the way of theory presented in this book. It is really good for students who are maybe thinking about a career path in engineering and would like to get a taste of what circuit design is about. However, even if you are a practicing engineer, I think that you will find the circuits in this little book both useful and entertaining. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been a Part of His Engineer's Notebook January 19, 2005
By PeterB.
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It is unfortunate the info and backround presented in this book is missing from his 'Engineer's Notebook'. His books seem to always overlap some of the same circuits. Sometimes I feel the publisher has him thin out info to sell more titles. His 'Circuit Scrapbook' should have remained his scrapbook. It has typos, incomplete info and contradicts his other statements using the same IC's and circuits. As a result, some circuits do not work as described or not at all. I've purchased about all his books dating from 1980 so I feel I have a good perception of his work. Sometimes I feel I have paid twice for the same info/circuits because of this duplication. This book is a good one but should have been included in his 'Engineer's Notebook'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars technician/teacher July 23, 2011
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This book is definitely for beginners. There's little or no theory but the explanations of how-to-do-it were useful. I think anyone could do the projects but I doubt they would learn much theory. They would however, learn some skills and terminology that could be useful as the novice grows in knowledge. I think this book has the potential of getting someone interested in electronics without any threatening math and theory to scare them away. If you are beyond beginners status in electronics this book has little to offer beyond what could be a few useful circuits. There is no explanation of how the circuits actually work but they do tell you what they are for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Forrest Mims III book September 7, 2008
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I like the electronics books by Forrest Mims III, including this one. His books are excellent for scientific professionals like me who need to construct an eletronic circuit, but do not have training in electonics. I used the circuit on the bottom of page 104 to measure the time delay between a signal to open a light shutter and the actual opening time. The diagrams are very clear, and the components are labeled, so that you can buy what you need and assemble it yourself. Well worth the low price!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book lists the A. P. C. as "Stepped Tone Generator." Another interesting project is the Sound Effects Generator. This is a good book for people who are just getting into breadboarding and want to make interesting sounds. Amplifier and filter schematics are also provided.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find information. April 11, 2009
This book provides easy to understand information on several useful electronic components. Many of the newer components are much more complex and in most cases - overkill. I believe this book is a good value for anyone that needs this level of technical information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1970' vintage book on OpAmps November 26, 2012
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The only OpAmps we see now are in IC's. This book shows OpAmps built from discrete components on a circuit board as well as the IC varieies. It covers IC OpAmps and their circuit desighn. It is most interesting as a historical reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thin, but good for beginners December 8, 2011
By Kevin
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To be honest, a lot of the info in this book would've been much more useful before the internet, but I imagine the same is true for many such books now. Pretty much all the background information on the actual timer & op amp components and the basic "building block" circuits that go along with them can be found online now, but even these parts may still be useful to some as an offline reference.

That said, there are still some projects in here that make it worth the purchase - especially for those who are new to electronics, as the circuits in this book are all pretty low in both parts-count and complexity. Many of the projects are of the "fun" sort, but will still teach you things which come in handy later in other things.
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Published 1 day ago by Leoncio Silveira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series and concise treatments
Ordered the entire series of four from amazon and wasn't disappointed. Great engineering reference with practical examples! Great desk reference! Clear writing and good prose. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SteveW
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book hard to read
They tried going for a notebook aesthetic and have this printed on graph paper and the font is handwriting. It makes it tough to read, but the content is still wonderful.
Published 11 months ago by ArtG
5.0 out of 5 stars Best few bucks I have ever spent
I usually dislike textbooks but Forrest Mims deserves a spot on my book shelf. I think of him as the Bob Ross of electronics. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joe C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hands on approach
Very practical but the the necessary theory is also well explained. Good diagrams too. The author has tuned things just right.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for the beginner
I still have this book and have read some things to better understand electronics from a basic point of view. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars gift.
He has not read it yet . But he will he is taking this course in college so I am sure he will get to it
Published 15 months ago by farmer lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Timer, Op Amp, and Optoelectronic Circuits & projects
The engineers project type book, Timer, Op Amp, and Optoelectronic Circuits & projects is a selection of circuits you can build or expierment with if you like or are learning... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CDP
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's good little bock of schematics. I bought it mostly for Audio projects. Unfortunately (for me), I discovered that all the information in this book I already had in my the book... Read more
Published 18 months ago by SpaceSheep1
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as agift
I bought this as a gift for a friend that was missing this one book from the entire collection. This series is GREAT!.
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