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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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My dad bought me a copy of this book when I was in 7th grade.
22 years later, I'm working in the electronics industry, and I keep my original copy handy for reference or explaining electronics concepts, and I regularly buy additional copies to give to coworkers and friends who need a crash course in electronics. There are some other books (_The Art of Electronics_ for instance) that I hold almost as dearly, but while I'm sure people can come up with flaws in this book, it's been on my shelf for more than half my life.
It literally got me started in electronics.
The book has lots of practical examples that you can implement to get the "feel" of electronics. Many of these exercises are ones that folks in the industry haven't managed to do and it shows in their work. This should be everyone's first book on electronics.
I can look at a schematic and build what I see, but I have no idea why the circuit was designed the way it was designed. WHY does a capacitor need to be placed between this IC pin and that component? I believe my lack of knowledge is a result of not yet finding the right book to give me that knowledge. Mim's book gave me some of the 'what' but is sorely lacking on the 'why'. Unfortunately most beginning electronics books suffer from the same problem.
My only issue with the book is it really hasn't been updated in two decades. Can you believe it? With the explosion of newer electronics on the market in recent years and it hasn't even been revised and updated. ARRRGGGHHHH!
Anyway, don't let that steer you away because everything contained in the book is still relevant today!
NOTE: A more complete "teach yourself" complement to this book is the "Electronics Learning Lab" from Radio Shack. It looks like a kids toy but, for about $69.00 you get a great kit for building circuits that demonstrate all the material he explains in this book. Additionally, the Learning Lab comes with TWO additional Forrest Mims books on Analog and Digital Circuits. Both books are written in the same easy to grasp style as this one.
Especially good for beginners, I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking to feed their electronics interest. In just 128 pages, Mr. Mims with his simple writing style, great explanations and numerous easy-to-make circuits makes the magic of electronics seem possible. Buy several copies because once you read it, you will want to share it. Just be sure to always have at least one copy for yourself.
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Forrest Mims is a giant in the field of hobby electronics writing and I am glad that his classics are still in print. I was concerned when Radio Shack stopped publishing his books, but all the best stuff (the Engineers' Notebooks are indispensable as well) has been reissued.