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Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery [Paperback]

Charles Platt
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Book Description

Dec 20 2009 0596153740 978-0596153748 1

"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 (

"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

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!

Build working devices, from simple to complexYou'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.

  • Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure
  • Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need
  • Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit
  • Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock
  • Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles
  • Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why

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Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery + Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition + Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors
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Burn things out, mess things up-that's how you learn.

About the Author

Charles Platt became interested in computers when he acquired an Ohio Scientific C4P in 1979. After writing and selling software by mail order, he taught classes in BASIC programming, MS-DOS, and subsequently Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. He wrote five computer books during the 1980s.

He has also written science fiction novels such as The Silicon Man (published originally by Wired books) and Protektor (from Avon Books). He stopped writing science fiction when he started contributing to Wired magazine in 1993, and became one of its three senior writers a couple of years later.

Charles began contributing to Make magazine in its third issue and is currently a contributing editor. Make: Electronics is his first book for Make Books. Currently he is designing and building prototypes of medical equipment in his workshop in a northern Arizona wilderness area.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource April 9 2010
This book is great both as a starting point or a refresher to electronics. I'm going to order the parts bundles from the Maker Shed so I can do all of the experiments. I really like the hands-on approach of doing the experiment and then talking about what is happening. Very easy to follow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book to start electronic April 13 2011
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I always searched a book to start softly in electronic and this one is the best I have read so far. I have try many book but all of them start very slowly than goes too far fast. This one is easy to understand and does not require to have done too much pre-lecture. Activities are simple and theories are just enough to understand.

I recommend this book over any other books to start electronic.
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Best book I've ever read on electronics. A lot of books focus almost exclusively on theory with very little practical knowledge. What I really liked about the book is that it started with practical knowledge and without you realizing you're learning the theory.

The book is extremely well written and the instructions and examples are really easy to follow. Each chapter also includes the list of items you will need to complete each chapter.

I cannot say enough about this book. If you want to learn about electronics on your own, to me this is the starting book bar none. It's not a university textbook full of theory and diagrams, but rather a down and dirty into building actual circuits that do something. And everything is explained along the way. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAKE: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery April 11 2013
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This is the very best book for new learners especially-it is extremely well written with excellent pictures that makes
it very easy to understand. Although I purchased 2 other books, one more advanced and one self-learning, this is by
far the best investment for newcomers. I will retain this book as my guide to electronics and anyone wishing to
understand electronics and how electricity works within components, you will congratulate yourself upon purchasing
this fine book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introduction to electronics ever written! April 30 2012
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After reading this book, I finally understand how a transistor works in a cicuit!
This book is a great mix of the practical with the theoretical.
I took one electronics class in college and didn't learn half as much as I did reading this book.
A tour-de-force! I hope he writes a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Sept. 30 2014
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Very good book! You won't be overwhelmed with theory or history lessons and you actually get to touch and do stuff right away. Some subjects are a little "too light" for my taste, but all in all, it's the best hand on primer I've found. Complemented with a more theoretical book and you have a perfect start in electronics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars well explained June 17 2014
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I have tried many books, this is a textbook style and explained in such detail allowing for an easy grasp of the concepts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational for the layman. May 23 2014
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This book is very informative and written in such a way that it's almost like your being guided by a buddy in what to do.
Only draw back is getting the kits to do the experiments. A little pricey if ordered from the states (Makershed), and pricier if parted out piecemeal (Ebay or Mouser).

I would say to go through the book and then pick which experiments you want to do and then order those parts as needed.
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