Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1
Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 296

Want to know how to use an electronic component? This first book of a three-volume set includes key information on electronics parts for your projects—complete with photographs, schematics, and diagrams. You’ll learn what each one does, how it works, why it’s useful, and what variants exist. No matter how much you know about electronics, you’ll find fascinating details you’ve never come across before.

Convenient, concise, well-organized, and precise

Perfect for teachers, hobbyists, engineers, and students of all ages, this reference puts reliable, fact-checked information right at your fingertips—whether you’re refreshing your memory or exploring a component for the first time. Beginners will quickly grasp important concepts, and more experienced users will find the specific details their projects require.

  • Unique: the first and only encyclopedia set on electronic components, distilled into three separate volumes
  • Incredibly detailed: includes information distilled from hundreds of sources
  • Easy to browse: parts are clearly organized by component type
  • Authoritative: fact-checked by expert advisors to ensure that the information is both current and accurate
  • Reliable: a more consistent source of information than online sources, product datasheets, and manufacturer’s tutorials
  • Instructive: each component description provides details about substitutions, common problems, and workarounds
  • Comprehensive: Volume 1 covers power, electromagnetism, and discrete semi-conductors; Volume 2 includes integrated circuits, and light and sound sources; Volume 3 covers a range of sensing devices.
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    buy for facts, read for pleasure

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      Comments about oreilly Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1:

      I can imagine this must have been a daunting undertaking for the author, but as a reader it is extremely approachable, regardless of your level of expertise.

      I'm so used to expecting google to answer all my questions, I was skeptical of the need for an encyclopaedia such as this.

      However, I have been converted: the book provides ideal summaries of each technology/component with authority and sufficient detail that often there is no need to look elsewhere - whether we are after the critical information to select a component and use it correctly, or we simply wish to understand "how it works" from a robust technical perspective.

       
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      Excellent for the absolute newbie....

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      While this book would be good for the new student in a very basic electronics course, I doubt too many people with any real experience in electronics would find it worth the money spent.

      Well done and laid out, the information is too basic for my needs.

      Your mileage may vary

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      5.0

      Very Handy Reference for Anyone

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        Comments about oreilly Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1:

        Okay, I've been doing engineering stuff for a few years now and I always go to the internet to find information about various parts as needed. It works well but sometimes it's a pain because all the information is scattered all over the place. If you want it all in a convenient place, look no further! This is just what you need. If you're looking for something to teach you and build on concepts, then you'll want to look elsewhere. This is more a reference book than something that will teach you how to integrate everything together.
        To really understand the beauty of this book, you really need to have a background in electronics. This won't go much over the theory you want if you need to learn. You can get information from the book and it does a pretty good job explaining things in practical terms, which I find very welcoming, but it's not really a good place to learn about the theory of RC circuits, individual components and why they work the way they do, etc. I do find it useful for getting a quick look at how something works because you're bound to forget some details as time goes on.
        I will say I didn't read through the entire thing, because it's not meant to be used that way, but I did go through and look at all the sections to see what kind of information is there and I would have to say it's definitely something to keep around the workshop.
        Bravo to the authors in putting something very useful together. This will get used over and over again, especially when I start to teach my kids more about electronics as they get older.

        Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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