Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)

Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)

Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)

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“This is teaching at its best!”

–Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world’s most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man’s Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com) “A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It’s very good at disarming the fear. And it’s gorgeous. I’ll be recommending this book highly.”

–Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk

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3 Responses to “Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)”

  1. R. Severson "severson38" says:
    143 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Beginner Book for Hobbyists/Beginners/Makers, December 17, 2009
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    This review is from: Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) (Paperback)

    I recommend this book strongly for anyone just starting out in electronics. Many other books introduce the subject of electronics by talking about the early discoveries concerning amber rods, Leyden jars, and static electricity. This book dives right in using parts that you can pick up at a local Radio Shack, or can easily order on-line. And it uses a fun almost playful approach to experimentation. Your first experiment involves touching a battery to your tongue! Man, that will either annoy you into quitting or completely intrigue you into learning more. My bet is it will spark (pun intended) your interest and excitement as it leaves you with a funny metallic taste.

    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…

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  2. D. Thomas says:
    70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally – an electronics primer that is understandable and practical!, January 5, 2010
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    D. Thomas (Bay Area, California) –
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    This review is from: Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) (Paperback)

    I can’t say enough good things about this book! I learned more in the first 20 minutes with this book than I did after pouring through several other “electronics basics” books for countless hours.

    Instead of starting with math and theory and circuit analysis, this book uses hands on exercises and explains the theories in very easy to understand language and metaphors. But, it still does then circle back to explain the math and theory upon which the practical examples are based.

    I’m only about 1/3rd of the way through the book and projects, but I’m excited to get to the point of using IC’s. I’ve browsed ahead enough to be confident that I’m going to be able to put execute on these projects and then put this knowledge to good use.

    I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to do some tinkering with electronics of any sort. Personally, I’m experimenting with data acquisition systems in a race car, and I’d like to be able to create and wire up my own sensors instead of being limited to the plug-and-play variety that are very expensive. I believe that this book will get me enough of the basics so that I can tackle these projects. Or, at the very least, I’ll be able to intelligently engage my EE friends for help!

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  3. Ira Laefsky "Ira Laefsky" says:
    64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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    An Excellent Experimenter’s Guide To Modern Electronics, December 15, 2009
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    Ira Laefsky “Ira Laefsky” (Philadelphia, PA) –
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    This review is from: Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) (Paperback)

    Charles Platt is a widely published science fiction author, electronics and bioscience consultant and superior educator. This is a guidebook to Electronics worthy of Heathkit in its glory days. It offers a completely hands-on and hands dirty approach including examining and pushing components beyond their limits, and assembling and testing all of the topics you study in the handbook. The pedagogy is clear and succinct. Beautiful full-color illustrations show you how to do “it” and to fully know what to expect on your workbench. Because all concepts are conveyed in this excellent hands-on experimental approach some topics are presented in a different order than that experienced with a conventional introductory electronics textbook. For example, wave shaping based upon 555-timer pulses is fully illustrated, as well as the digital electronics necessary to construct electronic dice, and to experiment with microcontrollers, but operational amplifiers and active filters are omitted in this experimental handbook.

    This is a superb introduction to electronics, which will provide the conceptual and experimental bench skills to yield a lifetime of enjoyment.

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