- Hardcover: 1552 pages
- Publisher: Newnes; 4 edition (December 8, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750636351
- ISBN-13: 978-0750636353
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,001,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is the work of 10 authors and 23 collaborating engineers, under the editorship of F Langford-Smith. The enormous amount of data included in the book has been made readily accessible by means of a fully detailed list of contents and a very complete index. The main subjects are: valves, valve testing, general theory and components; audio and radio frequencies; power supplies, design of complete AM and FM receivers, and reference information.
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It guess it covers most of what you need to know about vacuum tubes for audio and radio design. It starts with the introduction to the vacuum tube (or radio valve as the text calls it) and it continues to develop from that point with sections for audio and radio, it contains a brief electric circuits section which is interesting to read, but its probably not the best book to understand mesh analysis and such topics, it includes a general math reference guide (which ranges from arithmetics to calculus).
One has to be selective with the chapters since many of the content of this book may be completely outdated and or obsolete.
I must add that eventhough the book is well written and does feature some examples of the applications and theory, its sometimes hard to follow, call me spoiled if you want but im used to the "new age" method that many modern books use today which try to educate the student by providing several examples, analogies, and making everything as clear as possible rather than the older method of exposing data to the reader, which this book seems to favor.
Im also used to reading a chapter and solving many of the drill excercises at the end of each chapter from which you learn by doing, a thing this book obviously lacks. Im not complaining, im just saying that if you are like me, you will have to adapt to this older method of learning.
In my opinion, this is not a beginners book, however even if you know electronics but if you know nothing about vacuum tubes (like I did) you should read an introductory text before reading this book, the problem is that even in the first chapter in which the author introduces the vacuum tube, it starts throwing terms out of the blue, terms like "plate", "heather", "filament", "pentode" and such are suddenly mentioned without any previous explanation or great detail as to why or what they really are, which makes it hard to get a good picture on how a vacuum tubes work or how they are internally layed out, I guess the author assumed the reader had an idea of what vacuum tubes are.
Thats why I recommend reading other books first, the Vacuum Tube section of F.E. Terman's "Electronic and Radio Engineering" is great, I also find the very brief but very explanatory section about thermionic valves from the book "A Practical Introduction to Electronic Circuits" by Martin Hartley Jones to be excellent, it really helped me get a general idea of how a vacuum tube works and what all the basic terms mean.
F. Lanford Smith includes chapters on the basics of tube operation w/ and w/o all the math. He also includes a chaper on math operations - from algebra to calculus - so that you can understand the things that he presents, mathematically, within the book.
You'll find the standard Fender/Gibson/Marshall designs, in there, complete w/ methods of analysis of those types of amplifiers.
Very good book, overall.
For those wishing to have a "triad" of the greatest electronics books (IMHO) to learn from, I recommend adding Landee Albrecht and Davis' "Electronics Designers Handbook", and Horowitz and Hill's "The Art of Electronics".
You will surely then be in the hands of the masters !