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- Print Length: 394 pages
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- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (April 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K0TSI5U
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Make: More Electronics: Journey Deep Into the World of Logic Chips, Amplifiers, Sensors, and Randomicity 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Make magazine, where he writes about electronics. He is the author of the highly successful introductory hands-on book, Make:Electronics, and is writing this sequel to that book in addition to volumes 2 and 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components.
Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, and has written various computer books. As a prototype designer, he created semi-automated rapid cooling devices with medical applications, and air-deployable equipment for first responders. He was the sole author of four mathematical-graphics software packages, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make magazine.
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If you want to learn electronics, you won't go wrong with Make: Electronics, followed by Make: More Electronics. The set of three parts encyclopedias that Mr. Platt has also published are well worth a look as well. These aren't tutorials, like Make: Electronics and Make: More Electronics, but they aren't simple catalogs of parts either...they go into the theory, variations, uses, and cautions for a host of electronics parts from transformers, to transistors, and connectors. Based on my reading of these books, I'd certainly want to take a look at anything else Mr. Platt produces!
I give it 4 stars because I did learn from it.
Top international reviews
This book is printed on high-quality paper and improved with colour pics and diagrams. The text is of good size for those who require specs to read.
* Target audience
In my humble opinion, the quality of the work within this book by this author is broadly around H.N.C level and later then strays into initial degree level later on. This is a largely practical pitch, and still with its signature of reduced mathematical content, apart from BODMAS rules.
* Whats the best bits?
The best bits are carried from what's in the previous volume, 'Make Electronics'. Meaning this clarity continues and explains what you may be too shy to admit you may not already grasp? I know how competitive studies are with fellow students and tutors pushing topics along. It describes individual components in enlightening ways, such as differing comparators and op-amps configurations - the LM741 and quad op-amp LM339 -, the simple transistors- the 2n2222, 555 timers, phototransistors, decoders and encoders and multiplexers, logic gates AND OR NOT NAND NOR XOR. And a major section of differing sensors is again very clearly explained. The great thing it promotes good comprehension skills with very tidy prototyping on boards that's is always a very handy skill and is a major help in debugging when faults occur.
The reason why i estimate this book to be 'H.N.C' level plus is the problem of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'. This i experienced this type of problem in my H.N.D, and this book goes into great lengths showing the principles of this multi logic setup, even going into multiple boards carrying discrete components and not always with logic gates. The lack of logical mapping is an unusual oversight considering its pitch. A nice thing is that it applied a system approach, advising blocks in order to avoid 'reinventing the wheel' and then working down into the component level.
I enjoyed this largely practical book very much and devoured it over a week. Its refreshed lots of my half-forgotten studies and gave me pleasure to read. The author explains on page 323 his background and this may surprise?