- Series: Encyclopedia of Electronic Components
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (November 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449333893
- ISBN-13: 978-1449333898
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors 1st Edition
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|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||✓||✓|
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I wanted to know more about capacitors. Now I have read why I might choose polyethylene over mylar, or tantalum caps over electrolytics. I wanted to know more about coils, inductors, and now there is a little more knowledge to fill the wells of memory there as well.
Lots of good information on resistors, capacitors (including the actual schematics for RC high and low pass filters), a little later there are LCR filters, diodes, a variety of diodes and transistor types. There is a very good section on a variety of motors - better here than I expected, so I learned more where I hadn't thought I would.
Platt introduces the volume by suggesting the book will gather enough information to be usable, in one place, effectively 'peer reviewed' for accuracy and legitimacy, and the book certainly lives up to that aim.
In all chapters on components there is a 'what could go wrong' section; that is what I'm going to add here. My two big complaints have to do with typeface/font selection and the layout of illustrations. The font used for formulae I find hard to read quickly and accurately. Most troublesome is the 'pi' symbol which quite often I mistake for an 'n' which I catch because I know the equation - but I can see being caught out. That I would like to see changed. The other complaint is the number of times throughout the book where the text refers to an illustration -- which is on the next page. It sounds like a minor complaint but can be irritating.
Those two quibbles aside I'm glad I bought the book. If my bookshelf had a fire, earthquake, tsunami, or house-cleaner come through I would buy another copy quickly.
And, once through the first couple chapters, I want to know when the next (two!) volumes are coming out?
Worth your time and money.
1) It is concise and well laid out. Chapters are typically 8 picture-filled pages long, so it's actually faster to find information in this paper book than searching online!
2) I love the diagrams and pictures. They are common (around 2 per page) and communicate ideas better than the more prose-centric wikipedia articles.
3) It is more accessible (less technical) than other resources that cover similar material. As a relatively technical reader, this was actually a minor disappointment, but I see the value in it. The "What can go wrong" sections are especially valuable in conveying the wisdom of experience.
This book is a fairly comprehensive look at just about every passive electronic component out there. It has great detailed descriptions, beautiful photographs (of electronic components...lol) and even some basic circuit uses of the components. This is not a how to book. This is exactly as the name states...an encyclopedia. But if you're looking for an overview of parts...this is your book!