am 27. Mai 2013
This is a very well-written text which is fun an entertaining to read, with an abundance of illustrations (breadboard diagrams, circuit diagrams, photos) -- take a look inside and you'll see. This may be the most fun and rewarding book on the subject of electronics; it certainly is of all the books I've seen.
I've tinkered with electronics since I was about 10, and there are some things which I understood from the beginning, and others that I'm still a little unsure about. I didn't become an electronics engineer from reading the book, but it definitely made a lot of things much clearer to me, and it also makes me want to dive in building all kinds of circuits again (I've not done much in the recent past).
The text achieves a perfect balance between adressing non-engineer people and also going deep enough, teaching you to build and understand real devices/applications and not just toys. There is little theory, but always enough so that you may understand how a component works, on a pragmatic level. The text is written in a very concise, pragmatic, clear language. This makes it fun to read; and it is never boring.
The author explains many basic electronics concepts by demonstrating them in a number of practical projects (which, of course, is the most sensible approach). These are not just recipes; you get very detailed instructions how to build the projects, but you also learn how the parts work (by themselves, and in a circuit); and why you would choose one solution or part over another.
After reading the book, I found it much easier to understand circuits, to read circuit diagrams, and I am now a lot more confident about the subject, and I now consider myself knowledgeable enough to build circuits that I previously thought I could never build, let alone understand.
The book covers both analog and digital circuits, and just enough of both to allow you to take it from there and get to the really meaty stuff. (For instance, the digital counter built from "low-level" integrated circuits, which I would never have attempted to build because I always thought it's too hard. I now know that it's actually quite easy, and it is very possible to understand digital circuits on the lowest hardware level.)
The last chapter is about building a simple robot that is controlled by a PIC microcontroller. If you've used an Arduino, you might think that you won't be able to build anything without the comfort and abstraction that the Arduino environment provides, but you will be enlightened to see that it's rather easy to program a microcontroller directly and interface it with other components. (I had previously avoided PIC because I thought they were much harder to handle than AVRs, but again I learned that this is not so.)
Unless you're an electronics engineer or a very experienced hardware tinkerer/professional, buy this book. You will have a fun time reading it and you will learn many things, but the best is that you'll get excited to start lots of new hardware projects.
I'd like to congratulate Charles Platt on this book -- this is one of the finest examples of making seemingly hard and complex subjects easy and fun.
am 5. September 2015
Besser geht es eigentlich nicht. Ohne viel Mathematik (bis auf das Ohm'sche Gesetz natürlich) liefert Charles Platt eine fundierte Einführung in die Funktion elektronischer Komponenten, gibt Einkaufstipps und nützliche Hinweise zum Aufbau und zur Strukturierung elektronischer Projekte. Sehr schön auch der modulare Aufbau des Projekts "Alarmanlage", bei dem man sehr behutsam beim kleinen Blinker-Schaltkreis beginnt und sich dann logisch und nachvollziehbar vorarbeitet. Das Ganze ist für jeden, der einigermaßen die englische Sprache beherrscht, im Original flüssig lesbar und verständlich; die teurere deutsche Ausgabe lohnt sich nur für absolute Englischmuffel. Für den praktischen und anwendungsorientierten Teil der Elektronik fällt mir kein anderes Buch ein, das diesem das Wasser reichen könnte.
am 25. März 2012
Das Buch schildert auf angenehm leichte Art und Weise alles was zum Verständnis der Elektronik für Einsteiger wissenswert erscheint (natürlich sehr subjektiv). Die Aufmachung ist locker, lesefreundlich und reich illustriert. Die praktischen Anleitung erfordern kein unangemessenes Niveau, sondern sind recht gut realisierbar, wenn man gewisse Anfangsinvestitionen, die sich allerdings sehr im Rahmen halten, nicht scheut. Man muss ja nicht alles nachbauen, was vorgestellt wird.