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Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius 2/E Paperback – Oct 15 2010
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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...
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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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?
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