- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1st edition (December 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596153740
- ISBN-13: 978-0596153748
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 598 customer reviews
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From the Publisher
|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||✓||✓|
A "magnificent and rewarding book. . . . Every step of this structured instruction is expertly illustrated with photos and crisp diagrams. . . . This really is the best way to learn." --Kevin Kelly, in Cool Tools.
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Top customer reviews
No more. This book lets you know that its safe to rip open a relay and see exactly why it works. It will give you a circuit design and then have you build it. It will explain why something is or isn't working, and why. This won't make you an expert in electronics, it is definitely on the simple side of things (like algebraic simplifications of mathematical models that are actually rooted in calculus or differential equations), but that's exactly what I was looking for. This book will empower you to build things. I am reading it side by side with the Electricity & Magnetism chapters of my old Physics textbook so I can make the connections with the real theory and the nastier side of the math, but I really couldn't be happier. In spite of years of college, this book is just now making me feel like I know something about electronics.
Also, I recommend buying the kit that's sold for this book because it will save you a little money and a LOT of time. Amazon has been out of stock of it forever, but I went to the closest Radioshack and they had it for $75. Other than that, you will need to buy Digital Multimeter, a pair of wire strippers that can deal with 22-gauge wire, a pair of wire-cutters, a pair of needlenose pliers, and a set of precision screw drivers. Seems steep but if you plan on making use of your new-found knowledge for the foreseeable future, you will be using these tools well after you've worked through this book.
That is a wonderful approach to building some stuff. Ok, it is for amateurs. Professional products are obviously not built this way any more.
But this is similar to the approach to try out lots of options before spending a few million on the multi-layer board layout. That isn't that much fun
anyway. And you can try some simple stuff such as programming the little controllers like an Arduino. (There I was upbeat, positive, and not
sarcastic. I think that anybody who tries to be helpful and informative deserves an upbeat review. I won't get into why you would want to learn the theory behind all of this and maybe sit through a few college courses.)
My only complaint, and it is a very minor one, when there is a picture of a breadboard layout with resistors that have an orange or yellow color-coded band it is nearly impossible to tell orange from yellow because of the way it is printed...however you can usually find the resistance value listed in numbers somewhere in the chapter.
I think the books main fault is some of the experiments themselves, more like the components needed. When I hit experiment 11 I had to stop for about 3 weeks while I awaited a PUT controller. This part is not on any of the common websites or even sites that the book mentions and I needed 4. I DID eventually find one. it was on amazon and after shipping came to 6.00 a pop. I have a feeling that though the concepts and designs in this book are universal, the actual experiments and parts may need to be updated a bit for modern equivalents.
Also, in an earlier experiment the book had me destroy a $5 relay just to look at the internals. fair warning, dont worry about it. the pictures in the book show the insides just fine
Most recent customer reviews
Book: excellent text size, explanations, and pictures.