- Hardcover: 1125 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (July 28, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521370957
- ISBN-13: 978-0521370950
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 486 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Full of clever circuits and sharp insights, but with a surprising minimum of mathematics... The depth is genuine, as is the richness of examples, data and apt tricks."
"Far and away the finest book on the subject of electronics ... in the last decade. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone whose research or experiments require some electronics."
"A delightful book...The circuits actually work, the schematics are all readable."
Review of Scientific Instruments
"This book is filled with a tremendous diversity of valuable information. More importantly, this book is a joy to read...It's not at all like studying--it's too much fun."
EDN (News Edition)
"This book provides a painless way to learn about electronic design. It is also a good read for those already experienced in electronics."
EDN (Magazine Edition)
"..it comes as close as any book we've seen to fulfilling the promise inherent in its title...written as though to educate the novice, but practicing engineers will encounter many useful tidbits they didn't know, hadn't thought about, or had long forgotten."
"...a refreshingly simple, practical and comprehensive textbook on the subject of electronic circuit behavior and design...one of the few contemporary practical reference handbooks on electronic design basics."
Physics in Canada
"A lovely book, it covers a wealth of electronic topics in a very readable style."
Richard Morin, Sunexpert
"The second volume carries on une grande tradition as well as adding 400 new pages to the original (already massive) text. It is, without doubt, the book for the practical engineer. No cerebral theorizing here, no long sections of abstruse mathematical derivations; just page after page of solid empirical engineering. It is also light hearted and anecdotal, with some wonderful pages of bad ciruit 'howlers' that the authors have encountered."
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"...an excellent general electronic textbook."
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Here is where this book misses the boat. Missing completely are these areas:
1. Picaxe microprocessor - This $1 chip is very easy to program. Those who want to get a project up in a few hours will like this.
2. Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Totally missing from this book. A hot area.
3. Many single board computer offerings from TI (BeagleBone Black) and Cypress, etc.
4. The AI multiprocessing board from Nvidia. This has gotten quite a bit of attention in development of AI, such as driverless cars, robotics, etc.
5. The guts and methods to develop AI systems. There are purely electronic issues attendant on AI aims: sensors, data collection, interfaces.
6. Development of products on interesting platforms - cell phones, drones, autos, appliances, homes (IOT), etc.
7. Drones. Non-military uses.
8. Medical electronics in the service of curative and preventive medicine. Cutting edge issues.
Comes up another issue, in the relevance department, as to whether an electronics book of this sort should get into what it takes to get a widget into the marketplace, into the world. The book discusses one item, a suntan detector which measures when you have had enough uv. This application is not properly understood, because it does not account for sunscreen application. A startup company, though, has been on crowd-funding sites like indiegogo and shark tank.
I am mentioning this to point out the likely course of this device, leaving aside for the moment its usefulness. The authors of this book do some theoretical work, using it as a "toy" application. Some entrepreneur tries to get funding on a crowd funding site. Then the government may declare it a dangerous medical item, subject to many regulations and oversight on American manufacturers. Go getters in other countries then manufacture it cheaply by the millions. It is then imported and sold in the U.S. Meanwhile the authors retire to the Faculty Club for some port and caviar.
The book cover has been upgraded from silver to flashier gold color. I don't fault them for considering it as the gold standard in books on electronics.
This book deserves a 5 star rating. The true value of the book is that it is not an academic text book. It contains a wealth of practical information, in charts, tables, and graphs, no other books come close. The jewel of the crown is the chapter on precision circuits. The chapter on noise is equally rich.
However, I did not like the elimination of the circuit ideas section and replacing it with a chapter review. Omitting the circuit construction is also a loss because prototyping and making the circuit board are an essential art that separates practitioners from theorists. I also lament the elimination of the chapter on RF. This book constantly refers the reader to the so-far unavailable "The x-Chapters" book; it is somewhat irritating to me that I'll have to get another book.
I wish it had fewer annoying trivial errors (how can you not catch a flipped diode on Fig 1.78?) ; 25 years ought to be enough to get it perfect.
So if you are a newcomer, you could still choose the 2nd edition because you can probably find a bargain now. But I won't let go my 2nd edition.
The new edition is 0.7" wider, 67 pages more with smaller font and narrower margin.