Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery 2nd Edition
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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 Required|
|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||✓||✓|
What's New in Make Electronics - 2nd Edition
'While there are some things that have barely changed at all', says author Charles Platt, others are significantly different in this edition. The new visuals are undoubtedly the thing that readers will notice first. There's color on every page now, with over 350 images.
'A new simplified section provides detailed advice on Internet searches and purchasing components', Charles says. 'I think it's a lot easier to understand than the first book, but it's still completely hands-on. Every other book on electronics starts with theory, but I start with putting a battery on your tongue-just as with the original book.'
Upgraded Projects Throughout!
- The dice simulation now has a unique new circuit and can run two dice instead of one.
- The burglar alarm is a new circuit with additional features.
- The reaction timer is now easier to build and can be precisely calibrated.
- The sound synthesizer now demonstrates the effects of coils and capacitors.
- The audio amplifier is now much simpler to build.
- Several new electromagnetism demonstrations.
- Three completely new Arduino projects.
From the Author
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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.
There's a good amount of experiments to better your understanding of the basics. Which leads to the only part that sucks ... getting everything for those experiments. The kits they sell are super expensive!
I went the other route and got the components myself. This actually does save you some money and you'll end up with extras. For general components I purchased a few kits on amazon and for the chips I went onto digikey. The chips are less than a dollar each and shipping was less than 4 dollars and arrived a couple days after the order went through. So don't let those pricey kits get in the way of you learning the right way.
I've spoken with authors of tech books at conferences, and was told book sales rarely pay off except as advertising for the author's speaking and consulting income. Book prices and relatively small sale volumes don't compensate for the expended hours. This book and its successor (Make: More Electronics) embody a stunning amount of detail effort and thought, a testament to the enthusiasm Mr. Platt seems to find in tutoring us in electronics, and in the process of learning through experimentation.
After reading his descriptions of voltmeter features, I upgraded from my old one to the NeoTech 4000 and I am pleased so far. I also bought the pre-packaged kit #1 of parts (resistors, capacitors, LEDs etc) from Pro-Tech traders (I think) which gave a good kick-start to my dive into the material. I will price alternatives for the equivalent kits #2 and #3 before deciding whether to buy them in kit form (very convenient, but pricey) or ordering the parts individually (for which the author offers a wealth of useful help).
Top international reviews
I didn't know the first thing about electronics and this book goes through it in a logical way and encourages you to think about the process as you are going through it.
The experiments are well thought out and ordered in a logical fashion.
The book layout is okay. I would say that it could improve by having the schematic diagrams and the breadboard diagrams on the same page to save you having to flick from one page to another when trying to understand a circuit you've constructed, this however is a small point and doesn't take away from the books overall brilliance.
Couldn't recommend this enough.
It really conveys the real function of components. Recommended. And I am never kind with ratings.
But as the book progresses, the less technical vibe actually makes it easier to understand the more complicated concepts, which was where I got stuck when I was his age.
just starting the second book now.
Good explanations and the diagrams are also very simple to follow
Bought for my 13 year old son and it has inspired him.
Also good for me to revise some of my holes in theory I had forgotten
Will follow up with the next book soon
Trying to get the kits to go with the book though is very hard