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I wrote this book as the simplest possible introduction to electronics, for people who dont want to spend much money and arent sure how deeply they want to go.
It can serve as a prequel to my more comprehensive book, Make: Electronics. You dont need any tools for the projects in this book. No tools at all!
I also minimized the number of parts that are necessary. A kit is available from ProTechTrader, whose web site is here.
So far as I can tell, this is the easiest of all intro-level books. It should be a lot of fun in a family setting.
When I wrote this book in 2009, I never imagined that it would become the most successful in the field. Translated into six languages, it was significantly revised in the second edition in response to a huge amount of reader feedback. I redrew all the schematics and created a new visual language to clarify breadboard layouts.
This is the book that I wish I had owned when I was learning electronics myself as a teenager. (But my reader feedback shows that it is used by many retirees, too.)
Make: More Electronics
Some topics were omitted from Make: Electronics because I ran out of space. Op-amps, comparators, sensors, phototransistors, and rotational encoders are a few examples, all of which are included here. I also provide a deeper examination of digital logic. This book takes the reader to the limits of my own knowledge in electronics.
Enyclopedia of Electronics volumes 1, 2, and 3
Four years later, after completing the project with my friend Fredrik Jansson, I understood why no one else had tried to do this. It was a huge amount of work!
This is still the only encyclopedia of components that exists, and anyone who builds circuits should find it a valuable reference source. In fact I often refer to it myself when I want to verify some information or refresh my memory about a circuit.
While my other books are hands-on tutorials, this is written in a factual, concise style, as a reference source.
A couple of years ago, I was in a bookstore looking for a basic introduction to workshop hand tools. I couldnt find one, and so once again, I decided to write what I wanted to read. This introductory book is the result.
Many people learn to use tools with parental help. But what if you dont have a parent who knows how? Or what if a parent doesnt have much time, or lacks some of the necessary information? Make: Tools fills the knowledge gap.
The book uses the teaching technique that I call Learning by Discovery, which I developed for Make: Electronics. You make discoveries by doing hands-on projects. Initially I chose the simplest task I could think of: sawing square dowels to make a block puzzle. By the end of the book, Im showing you how to work creatively with plastics, which is very useful when you want to fabricate enclosures for electronics projects.
One of the nicest compliments that I received for this book came from a highly skilled friend who does solar-panel installations and outfitted his own motor home. I was surprised to find information here that I was unaware of, he told me.
I learned a lot too, just by writing it. I think youll find its a valuable source to have around.