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Practical Electronics for Inventors

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  822 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This intuitive, applications-driven guide to electronics for hobbyists, engineers, and students doesn't overload readers with technical detail. Instead, it tells you-and shows you-what basic and advanced electronics parts and components do, and how they work. Chock-full of illustrations, Practical Electronics for Inventors offers over 750 hand-drawn images that provide cle ...more
Paperback, 952 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published November 1st 1998)
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Sep 05, 2010 is currently reading it
The first half of the book is theory. Full of excellent illustrations. The part on capacitors and magnets was the most informing piece on the subject I've read. The second half is practical reference.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great guide - loved the library copy & bought one to keep on my shelf for electronics projects as they come up. ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: electronics
Very small amount of mathematical mistakes in the theory section. Other than that, it's a great reference book to theory and practical information.
Bob Edwards
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Who writes a book labeled "Practical Electronics for Inventors" and starts it out with two and fifty pages of theory full of "scary math?" I have a BS in Math so it's not that scary it's also not that useful in practice as the author recognizes by showing you "tricks" so that you can avoid it.

I finally gave up after about 300 pages. It still hadn't gotten to any practical examples.

Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

Kindle edition sucks. Get the full book so you can leaf through it, look through the diagrams, and keep bookmarks to refer back to.
Sami Osman
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
That's perhaps one of the very best books that I've ever read on electronics. It helped me a lot gaining a basic and hands-on knowledge on Analog and Digital Electronics :).
Dwight Roberson
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: electronic technicians; students
By far the best book I've ever read regarding electricity, electronics, and electrical and electronic components. As an engineer student more than 30 years ago I wish my professor had used this book to teach both theory and practical applications.

Beginning with fundamental theory, the author takes a building block approach to helping the reader learn the subject matter. While the book does dive into electron theory, chemistry, and math including calculus, don't let that deter a reader who didn't
Just started reading this and already I am impressed. It presents the material assuming the reader has no electronic background but yet does it in an accessible and non-arrogant manner. That is not to say it isn't complex, it is just well organized and written to help bring you through it step by step.

Even the examples questions have the answers right there to check your mastery. I am grateful for that.

If you don't have a background in electronics (as I do not), then I recommend this book before
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy introduction to electronics components. I was able to find a hardbound copy at the county library, which rocks.
Aniruddha Sinha
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Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: internetofthings
Reference book for Electronics.
James Davis
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic and informative book. I am so glad I bought this. I will say, however, like many text books, it's not appropriate for kindle.
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Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Not a book I felt like reading from cover to cover but a valuable reference for someone like me that has a basic grounding in electronics that does not match his enthusiasm.
Sim kimhong
I think that the book is good for is easy to read.
Sep 16, 2011 marked it as partiallyread
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Copy-paste FTW!
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Yousef M
Excellent and invaluable reference in understanding the physical, chemical, and mathematical concepts underlying practical electronic components and devices.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy-me
Extremely well presented and wonderfully detailed. I’ll add this book to my test bench reference shelf.
Stefany GG
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title suggests, this is a great practical resource when developing projects whether you are an inventor, engineer or hobbyist.
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Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Veeeery thick book. Really just a textbook on electronics. It would take me a year to read this thing. Probably too much info, unless you are an ultra-serious hobbyist.
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