- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1st edition (December 20, 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 351 customer reviews
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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||Easy Electronics|
|Minimum Tools Required||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter||Wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, multimeter||n/a||n/a||n/a||No Tools Needed!|
|Other recommended Tools||Soldering and desoldering tools||Soldering and desoldering tools||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|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)||✓|
|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.
Burn things out, mess things up-that's how you learn.
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First- the parts list is expensive, especially if it's for the "Destroy" part of the tagline. For example, the author expects you to buy a $7 relay for a potentially destructive test.
Second- the parts list is always presented at the beginning of a section, before anything is explained. You're expected to buy "an assortment of capacitors", at least one of which has certain specifications. How is the reader to know what capacitors they will be most likely to use?
Third- even though the copyright of the book is 2010, the parts list is already obsolete, and some of the components are extremely difficult to find. For example, the 2N6027 transistor is needed, but this product has apparently been discontinued. Which is okay... if you know to substitute a different transistor. Which, if you've been plugging along, following the book, you won't.
It's a good book, but you cannot use it as your primary textbook for learning electronics; you'll absolutely need to refer to additional books, such as Electronics For Dummies or another such book.
I saw this mentioned in another review, but I didn't believe it until I saw lists of "Essential" items later on in the book. All sorts of equipment that I can't believe I might have to own. I just purchased supplies for the first few chapters, and already - including the price of this book, i'm about $200 in - and I haven't even bought supplies for soldering yet. I feel like $500 for getting through the whole book might be underestimating. By the time I'm done, i could have bought a pretty decent electric guitar instead of fiddling around with circuits.
That being said, I'm excited to fiddle around with circuits - and I feel like I picked the right book for it. I just can't give it 5 stars - if I didn't happen to have extra cash to blow, this book would be completely useless. So - here's my warning to you! If you don't seriously have $500 just lying around to blow on getting through this book, don't buy it. If you don't have at least $150 to spend, you won't even make it through the first couple of chapters. 4 stars.
This is exactly the hands-on approach that I was looking for to teach my son. Something that he can read on his own, or read with me. Easy experimentation, clear steps, good photography. No wondering if any of the experiments will fail because they were written only/mainly to think about. These were all written to be DONE by the reader. Getting into the nitty-gritty of learning is easy when you can actively experiment as you learn.
Highly recommended as a modern first book for electronics.
Edited: Added in the comments section that I keep buying copies of this book to give away...