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Getting Started in Electronics Paperback – February, 2003
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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!
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So, I wouldn't recommend this for anyone just starting out. I would look for something that offers more detail. Right now I'm just using it as an outline of what to research more in-depth on my own.
But none of this explains my attachment to this book, which is on a much more emotional level. The fact that the entire book is handwritten and hand-illustrated gives it a very personal touch. The drawings are whimsical and endearing. How can you not smile at the illustrations of electrons gleefully zipping down a wire, or at a MOSFET with lightning bolts shooting out of its head because it got zapped by static? Even if you already know everything that you could possibly learn from this book, it's still worth a read. As the title of this review suggests, it's like a comic book for electronic nerds. I'm sure if I had been given this book as a kid it would have captured my imagination and gotten me hooked. Just thumb through the book and you can tell that Forrest Mims loves teaching people about electronics and has a special talent for doing so.
Know that this book might not be for you if you already have an introductory knowledge of electronics. Say if you already have a multimeter and work with electronics on the level of understanding where you don’t use instructions to make projects then this book is best to have as a reference or a niceness refresher for the basics.
What I like most about this book is that it is written by someone who clearly knows everything there is to know about electronics and then, not only distilled it down to just the necessary facts to 'get started in electronics', but he's presented the material as if I'd written my own notes in a lecture - actually the diagrams he draws are much better than anything I could draw. So everything in the book seems to be spot on my level of understanding, and really, if you have any real interest in electronics I can't see how you could not understand the information as it is presented.
Highly recommend this book to anyone who has no prior knowledge or only the most basic understanding of electronics but has the desire to learn more and simply needs the explanations to be intelligent, not for an idiot, the jargon removed and the analogies easy to relate to. Forrest hits the nail right on the head.
Oh, and I bought another of his books "Engineer's Notebook" which is the subject of another review but is basically a logically next step after you've 'Started in Electronics'.