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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 2 edition (Oct. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071744126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071744126
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa143309c) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
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HASH(0x9eee6ae0) out of 5 stars McGraw Hill need a proof-reader... April 2 2011
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After seeing the reviews for the original version of the book, I hoped the Second Edition would be a major improvement. If it is, then I thank God I didn't buy the original!

There is no doubt the book tries hard, despite the fact that it jumps around and often leaves you hanging with unanswered questions. It has useful information, and definitely teaches it's subject, but I just can't accept this book's errors.

People who are not particularly critical may not worry about it too much, but I am not in that category. I am an ex-professional programmer, software tester and manual writer, and would have thought that accuracy was important in anything involving electricity.

There appear to be errors right through this book. For example, a 100k ohm resistor later turns into a 20M ohm one without comment. At one point I was convinced that a particular paragraph was in the wrong chapter entirely. I won't waste time listing everything I found, but will leave you with the following rather Freudian example:

The final sentence of Lesson 29 in section 9 says "But Figure L29-2 offers hope." As you may have guessed, Figure 29-2 doesn't exist...
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee6d2c) out of 5 stars Where to find the parts etc. March 17 2013
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Reviews here and all over the web tell you that you need the "companion" parts kit, but not where to find it. Once you buy the book, or any others in this series, go to abra-electronics dot com and search "evil genius electronic kit 2E" and the whole kit will come right up. It is NOT available on Amazon as some reviews of some editions have said, at least at this 2013 writing. At least you now know the keywords.

This is an outstanding book and the often noted errors are really minor! I haven't found a single circuit book anywhere that doesn't have some level of errors. You can download circuit apps for your smartphone or free SPICE emulators - circuit sims to check for errors, which is part of the learning experience and process. The author's website also shows errata, and the publisher actually gets back to you right away with any questions, service is great. Check out keyword Raspberry Pi here on Amazon too for the latest craze in microprocessor builds.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee6cf0) out of 5 stars Excellent hands on learning Sept. 21 2012
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For me, I've never been good at just reading formulas and theories and comprehending them. This book has you breadboard circuits, via diagrams, and then explains the functioning of what you just built. This is perfect for someone who learns better via hands on learning than strictly book learning. It also has kits of parts that can be purchased to make all the projects in the book. Thank you Dave Cutcher for making learning more enjoyable. NOTHING IS BETTER THAN LEARNING THROUGH DOING!
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HASH(0x9eee6fe4) out of 5 stars Great book for hobbyist Jan. 26 2011
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I've been looking for a good book to refresh my electronics knowledge. The labs are practical and fun to build. I decided to purchase the parts package from Abra and am glad that I did. I now have a pretty good base of typical parts. I found an error in exercise 11. First, the IR emitter is darkened (not clear) and the phototransistor (clear) has a voltage drop of approx. 3V (not the typical diode drop stated by the author). I'm assuming the author used the same parts from the Abra kit. So far, the labs have been easy to follow. I did put one of the phototransistors in the wrong direction because I didn't realize that the short lead is the collector and the long lead is the emitter. I had become accustomed to connecting the long lead to power and the short lead to ground. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to build (or rebuild) a good foundation as well as gaining hands-on experience.
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HASH(0x9e8684f8) out of 5 stars I really want to like this book June 9 2016
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I really want to like this book. I think the format with the practical lessons is awesome. I bought a parts kit and have been working my way methodically through the projects, doing each one and taking notes as I go. I am a middle school science teacher with a masters in plant ecology, so electronics is not at all my field, though I am usually good at learning from books. I am stuck on Lesson 14: The Regulated Power Supply. It would seem the author forgot to put a "parts bin" in that lesson, and without it I do not know what size capacitor is needed. It is also unclear why no resistor is required with the LED, as this power supply produces 9V, and earlier in the book the author explains that a 470 ohm resistor is required to protect an LED from the full voltage of a 9V battery.
This is pretty representative of what I have read so far. There are a number of confusing, contradictory explanations such as on page 50 where the author is using an analogy to explain how the Silicon Controlled Rectifier works. He repeatedly explains that a current on the gate opens a trapdoor and the path between the anode and cathode is latched open. What he means, I think, is that the current on the gate closes the electrical path between the anode and cathode allowing current to flow, and the path continues to conduct current, even when current to the gate is cut off.
There a a lot of typos, and many confusing passages relating to the use of "open" and "closed" referring to switches and circuits. Sometimes the author uses open to mean the circuit is broken and sometimes he means open to the flow of electricity (closed). I would love to proof-read and edit this book, but as a non-expert, I am probably not the ideal person for the job. I have started to read ahead to Section 5 on digital logic, and I am totally lost in the "spoiled billionaire" analogy. I am considering bailing on the book at this point because I am so confused. I will probably slog my way through, using the internet to clear up confusion, because I really want to learn this content. Anyone know a better basic electronics book for the non-engineer?