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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4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

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83%

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  • Easy to understand (18)
  • Well-written (18)
  • Accurate (17)
  • Concise (12)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Book -- could you add videos?

By Rhabyt

from Santa Cruz

About Me Educator

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Too Traditional

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Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

I'm a professor and I use this as a textbook for my Beginning Electronics for Designers unit. It is the best I have found for this audience. However I have two suggestions for improving it for the second edition. The first is that some of my students really learn better with videos. As it is, I have to cover a chunk of this by lecturing, But it would be more useful to flip the classroom further and just work with them on building and modifying circuits. So could you make videos of the exercises and other concepts? The second suggestion (for the 2nd edition maybe?), would be to introduce microcontrollers much earlier than Experiment 34. For half of my classes, we leave Make:Electronics after Experiment 14 because we need to introduce Arduinos sooner. Maybe there is a need for another book, Simple Electronics and Microcontrollers? My problem is that nothing else is half as good as the first 120 pages of this book.

 
3.0

Great book - but needs a second edition!

By Matthew

from Melbourne, Australia

About Me Maker

Pros

  • Explains Things Well
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Too many errors

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Comments about oreilly Make: Electronics:

Great book, but a lot of people are finding it hard with certain projects. The errata has a lot of confirmed errors. Please update this book!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Maybe it's me...

By supernovice

from NYC

Verified Reviewer

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  • Well-written

Cons

  • Difficult to understand

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  • 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 4 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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  • 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

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      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        • 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

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Uses Put

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        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

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        Pros

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

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          • Intermediate
          • Novice
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          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

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          Pros

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

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            • 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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              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.

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