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Very comprehensive with a good background in electrical theory and practical descriptions of basic circuits and components. I have read other reviews mentioning some of the wiring descriptions are incorrect and potentially dangerous. Suggest readers play it safe and use the services of an electrician when dealing with high voltages.
I'm a certified electrician as well as an electronics engineer and i felt compelled to warn the would be buyers of this book that it has some life threatening errors in it. Specifically where the book references an electrical panel and shows that the neutral bus is connected to the ground bus by a bonding cable. This is a deadly mistake and should never be done. Panels have separate buses for the ground and neutral wires in the system for a reason! They are never connected together. The second related error is that there is about 1 Amp of current on the ground wire and that this is normal. The correct answer here is that under normal circumstances there should be ZERO current on the ground system as this only occurs under ground fault situations and must be corrected by the electrician. The third error is found near the back of the book where the power grid is described. The authors show that the power grid is connected to ground (again the neutral wire). This is an error as well. I checked with my college professor on all these points and he almost fell out of his chair when he saw these diagrams. These errors could cause a loss of life and this book should be edited immediately and this version pulled from the store.
Firstly, I don't think this type of book works on Kindle (even on iPad). The large format makes is readable but this is not a book for linear reading and you can't jump around in the way you can with a printed book. Secondly there is far more theory than is needed for practical electronics (I guess it's about 1st year university level). The practical doesn't flow very well from the theory. Most practical electronic design is achieved without recourse to the detailed mathematical treatment presented in this book. Finally, from my point of view, the treatment of instruments offers little about some of the low cost equipment available for the PC which most hobbyist (inventors) would use today.
I got the third edition as a physical copy and liked it so much I ordered the kindle version of the 4th edition. Both are excellent and I find the balance of theory and practical explanation spot-on for what I was after. Images are fine on the android kindle app and perfectly legible. I don't find having to click onto them to zoom distracting, and the text has been parsed sensibly so it reads in order with the images. ie things flow and are not jumbled up. I think they've done a good job with the kindle version.
Content wise the book is a good summary and reference book for post-Alevels and undergrad or the home hobbyist who isn't afraid of a bit of theory that is well explained. I'm finding it easy going and a good recap of things long forgotten. Hopefully the later chapters will take me onto the more detailed side of things that is my aim in revisiting this stuff after several years. It starts with the basic physics of electronics and circuit equations, then goes smoothly through the basic circuit analysis tools like Ohm's laws,Kirchoff's laws, superposition (thevenin & norton's theorems) etc so it really is a good reference book. You don't need any prior knowledge before picking this up though basic maths and physics from GCSE/early A-level will help. There are some detailed equations touched on in passing (degree level stuff) but these are for background and then simplified for practical use to the more basic forms that people will use in reality.
The worst criticism is the US references to fawcetts and the like, but i can live with that for a book this clear and well structured.
The only slight disappointment is that I would have liked diagrams in colour. Especially the first two pages listing electronic symbols; such as resistors and capacitors. Otherwise for the price of $40 and 998 pages excluding the index that is good value. Well written the math can be a bit heavy but is explained logically.
Happy with my purchase although, I have only plowed through the first 40 pages so far !
This is a great book, very well written and easy to follow with great diagrams and in depth explanations of the topics. It has a plethora of information from basic to advanced topics. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn the basics of electronic components, projects and also for those who need to cover the advanced topics. I have learnt a great deal from this book.
I love this book!! Practical, to the point. It really has everything you need to start any electronic project, from simple to advance stuff. I really recommend this book to anyone willing to start from scratch and also for those with a certain knowledge willing to cover all the gaps.
I have found it very difficult to find a book that would cover the electronics I need, this one is just brilliant for the coverage. I noted some comments on the paper quality but cannot see any problem here.