If you could only afford one electronics text, this is it! I've reviewed over 40 texts for our library acquisition clients, who can afford only 4 in many cases. Boylestad always makes the top three, and with this 11th edition, I can say with confidence that ALL the kinks have been worked out. Most every other text starts out WAY too fast, and still has numerous, frustrating errors.
But that's not the major plus. Boylestad is a master teacher and storyteller. The picture of that lonely copper electron sitting out in it's own shell with gangs of family members in the adjacent shell will never leave you! While other texts are grinding you through integrals, Bob is gently explaining in PRACTICAL ENGLISH and with hundreds of illustrations and pictures, how and why it all works. His 12th edition of circuit analysis, for example, starts at the High School or tech level, yet still gives enough technical detail for use in Engineering courses (Introductory Circuit Analysis (12th Edition)).
If you are at MIT working on your PhD in Electronics Engineering, you'll not find a lot of matrix calculus, linear algebra and dynamic systems analysis using differential equations, because Boylestad targets his teaching to both self study and technology courses, and assumes you're starting at the beginning. However, if you ever want to teach, you should still study this, because his approach is a model for explaining difficult concepts with wonderful examples that you finally "get" at a gut level. I guarantee (as an Engineer myself), you'll grasp concepts more intuitively here even if you are very advanced.
Perhaps the best and most unique feature are the two authors' ability to describe, step by step, what a circuit is doing and why. You learn early on that voltage is a type of information signal, and you can extend the detailed descriptions to many other circuits almost immediately, because you REALLY GET the basics. They spend a lot of time on timers and op-amps, for example, as backbones of many IC strategies. Every page you go: "AHA! So THAT'S why that component is there!!" Highly recommended.
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