- Taschenbuch: 294 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly and Associates; Auflage: 1 (1. November 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1449333893
- ISBN-13: 978-1449333898
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 1,5 x 24,8 cm
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Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 2012
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Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Make magazine, where he writes about electronics. He is the author of the highly successful introductory hands-on book, Make:Electronics, and is writing a sequel to that book in addition to volumes 2 and 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components.
Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, and has written various computer books. As a prototype designer, he created semi-automated rapid cooling devices with medical applications, and air-deployable equipment for first responders. He was the sole author of four mathematical-graphics software packages, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make magazine.
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You know, when you are a curious child and you stumble across your parents' 20 volume old-fashioned hardcover encyclopedia you could get the idea: 'If I read myself through all of these volumes I just might become a wise guy!" But when you start at "a'a" (Hawaian word for lava flow as well as a Polynesian deity) you soon get distracted and will never become a wise guy at all. So most encyclopedias are for "browsing a bit" or for looking up certain things.
This encyclopedia here is different! I got it delivered on Friday and was through the first volume on Sunday evening. I did not browse - I read the whole story! In this first volume they start with electrical sources (do you remember how a battery is built?) go on to tell you about resistors, capacitors, inductors, motors, diodes... and so on.
They tell you exactly:
- what it is
- how it works
- what it is used for
- at what specifications these components usually can be bought
- WHAT CAN GO WRONG, if wired incorrectly or so (my absolute favourite!)
- and what you should observe when buying such things (do you have a cap for this button? do you need extra components to work with this component?)
While reading all this (no scientific "Chinese") I brushed up my school knowledge about electronics, found out a few new things (like that you should always use a capacitator or something with an inductive component like a motor) and most of all I got into the mood of actually building something electronic, just for the fun of it. And each time when there was a component that had slight disadvantages and you thought: 'Well, there should be a way to overcome this...' you turned the page and there was the solution! (The magnetic lines outside an inductive coil have to go through a lot of air thus lessen efficiancy? Next page: why not wind the wire around a ferrit torus core that closes the magnetic lines' circle?)
I really enjoyed this book and I am starting now to read volume two: all about signal processing. I will keep the best for last: volume three has all about sensors. I'm sure I will love that one!
Unfortunately, the table of content is messed up in the Kindle edition and it is very hard to find your way around. Given the reference it is supposed to be, this is a big minus.
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I wanted to know more about capacitors. Now I have read why I might choose polyethylene over mylar, or tantalum caps over electrolytics. I wanted to know more about coils, inductors, and now there is a little more knowledge to fill the wells of memory there as well.
Lots of good information on resistors, capacitors (including the actual schematics for RC high and low pass filters), a little later there are LCR filters, diodes, a variety of diodes and transistor types. There is a very good section on a variety of motors - better here than I expected, so I learned more where I hadn't thought I would.
Platt introduces the volume by suggesting the book will gather enough information to be usable, in one place, effectively 'peer reviewed' for accuracy and legitimacy, and the book certainly lives up to that aim.
In all chapters on components there is a 'what could go wrong' section; that is what I'm going to add here. My two big complaints have to do with typeface/font selection and the layout of illustrations. The font used for formulae I find hard to read quickly and accurately. Most troublesome is the 'pi' symbol which quite often I mistake for an 'n' which I catch because I know the equation - but I can see being caught out. That I would like to see changed. The other complaint is the number of times throughout the book where the text refers to an illustration -- which is on the next page. It sounds like a minor complaint but can be irritating.
Those two quibbles aside I'm glad I bought the book. If my bookshelf had a fire, earthquake, tsunami, or house-cleaner come through I would buy another copy quickly.
And, once through the first couple chapters, I want to know when the next (two!) volumes are coming out?
Worth your time and money.
This book is a fairly comprehensive look at just about every passive electronic component out there. It has great detailed descriptions, beautiful photographs (of electronic components...lol) and even some basic circuit uses of the components. This is not a how to book. This is exactly as the name states...an encyclopedia. But if you're looking for an overview of parts...this is your book!