Make: Electronics
Learning Through Discovery
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: November 2009
Pages: 352

"This is teaching at its best!"

--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com)

"A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this book highly."

--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!

Build working devices, from simple to complexYou'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.

  • Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure
  • Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need
  • Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit
  • Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock
  • Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles
  • Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why
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4.4

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81%

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  • Accurate (17)
  • Easy to understand (17)
  • Helpful examples (17)
  • Well-written (17)
  • Concise (12)

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    • Novice (15)
    • Student (14)
    • Intermediate (11)
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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Maybe it's me...

    By supernovice

    from NYC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

    Not for beginners. While I enjoy the theoretical discussions the practical applications are poorly thought out and quite difficult for a complete novice. I have no experience with using a breadboard and I'm completely baffled by it. After googling a bit I've figured some basics out but it would have been nice for a beginners book to include advice for beginners.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Make Electronics

    By Jim

    from Spain

    Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

    I agree with some of the negative comments.
    Experiment 8 is virtually impossible to complete with alligator clips.
    Furthermore, component parts should have been supplied with the book.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By 12

    from VANCOUVER bc

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    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

        Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

         
        5.0

        Good book for makers

        By Sammy

        from Roma, IT

        About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Intermediate

          Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

          I used this very interesting book for understand how a drone works and how to realize it. This book contains all about this and much much more. I suggest this book to all makers with good manual practice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Intro To Electronics

          By dtrotzjr

          from Spokane, WA

          About Me Developer, Maker

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

          Cons

          • Uses Put

          Best Uses

          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

          I had a basic understanding of electronics so the first couple of chapters were a bit elementary for me and I was worried I got to basic of a book, but I stuck it through and found this to be one of the best introductory texts I have read on the subject.

          The author does a great job explaining things in a way that is easy to understand and has great illustrations to go along with the descriptions.

          There are also a lot of really informative sidebars that do a great job bringing in more information and go a long way breaking up the longer sections.

          My only beef is that the author likes to use PUT components in his experiments which are a bit antiquated, and hard to find, but he explains why and then he says you can use transistors to build a put but fails to explain how. But that was enough info to get me interested since I had no immediate access to the PUT and I was able to build one using two transistors.

          You can buy all the components at RadioShack if you want but in two kits. They are pricy but I think actually learning to search for the components on my own was a better exercise for me anyway ;-)

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The 'must have' book for newcomers.

          By kevanf1

          from Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire, UK

          About Me Electronics Newcomer, Maker

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Informative
          • Instructive
          • Timeless
          • Well-written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Absolute Newcomer
            • Intermediate
            • Novice
            • Student

            Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

            I have been trying to learn electronics for the best part of 40 yrs (I'm nearly 51). Sure, I've made stuff out of electronic components even a working fishing bite detector. I bought Tandy (Radio Shack) electronic kits as a child. I didn't understand anything. Over the years I've kept trying to fully understand the workings of the various components not just to piece them together like a jigsaw puzzle from a kit. I wanted to know just what a resistor, a capacitor or a transistor does. Finally I do know and better still I understand. I'd recommend this book to any newcomer to electronics. It instructs without getting too technical too soon. Sure, there is some technical nitty gritty but it's there to help you understand and it does, help. Best of all this book is not condescending. It is relevant whether the reader is 9, 29 or 59 years old. It is that accessible. As for the negative comments? What? Sorry, are we talking about the same book?

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Book for the Novice

            By 7805 Destroyer

            from Missouri City, TX

            About Me Hobbyist

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Concise
            • Easy to understand
            • Fun Projects
            • Helpful examples
            • Well-written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Novice

              Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

              I've never written a review for anything. Having read the few negative comments, however, I thought that I should toss my two cents in.

              My feeling is that if you want to learn about Electronics from a book alone and you are a raw novice (such as myself), there is nothing out there that is better and I have read through a few. The author seems to anticipate the uncertainty that a new electronics hobbyist may have and stresses those points.

              Regarding mistakes. I have the first edition from December 2009. It was actually printed in July, 2011 and incorporates many of the corrections in the associated errata page. Nonetheless, I think I may have found a couple of minor technical issues in the latter part of the book (I'm still waiting for a resolution). However by that point I had gained enough knowledge to prove to myself what the issues were and effect a workaround. So even in these instances I would rate the material presented in the book a success.

              The bottom line for me is that this book started dispensing practical knowledge and hands-on experience almost from the beginning which is exactly what I was looking for.

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great book, everything works for me...

              By sgwv

              from Beckley WV

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              • Accurate
              • Concise
              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples
              • Well-written

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                • Novice
                • Student

                Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

                I've read the prior comments that were negative. I don't understand why things did not work for them.

                I have worked each project and spent time grasping the concepts the author was presenting. I think the book is well written.

                (8 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                nothing will aggravate you more

                By arghhh

                from windsor CT

                About Me Everyday Reader

                Pros

                • Mistake ridden

                Cons

                • Disappointing

                Best Uses

                • Drink coaster

                Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

                When you get to experiment 10 everything will stop working. None of the schematics will be easy to build, or work with the exact parts the book tells you to use. The resistor values will all be wrong and you'll spend days trying to make it work with no reply from the publisher.

                (7 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Misleading!

                By bwackv

                from new york, ny

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

                Terrible recommended electronics pack! Setting up the first 8 experiments is next to impossible using alligator clips unless you want to spend hours on end. No explanation of an easy way to use this basic equipment, so it fails on a very fundamental level as a how to book. After you get away from the early experiments (if you can handle the presumptuousness of the author for expecting you to somehow set the early experiments up), it's good.

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