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"This is teaching at its best!"
Hans
Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful
integrated circuit).
"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.
A "magnificent and
rewarding book. ... Every step of this structured instruction is
expertly illustrated with photos and crisp diagrams. . . . This really
is the best way to learn."

Kevin Kelly, in Cool
Tools
.
The first edition of Make: Electronics
established a new benchmark for introductory texts. This second edition
enhances that learning experience. Using full color on every page,
hundreds of photographs and diagrams convey concepts with unmatched
clarity.
Platt uses a hands on approach throughout. You learn
by building your own simple circuits.
You begin by blowing a
fuse or burning out an LED to demonstrate voltage, amperage, and
electrical resistance. As it says on the cover, "Burn things out,
mess things up that's how you learn!"
The hands on
approach continues with basic switching circuits. You can cut open the
sealed case of a relay to see exactly what goes on inside.

/>Unique 3D diagrams illustrate components as they are plugged into a
solderless breadboard. A simple circuit reveals how a capacitor stores
and releases electricity.
While Make:
Electronics
 minimizes the amount of theory that you need, it does
show you how to figure out Ohm's Law and do the simple math to
calculate the time constant of a capacitor.
A buying guide
shows basic tools ranging from pliers to a low cost multimeter.
Components such as transistors and capacitors are shown in color
photographs so that you will quickly recognize them.
A simple
"finger test" demonstrates how transistors switch or amplify
current. The book then shows functional circuits that you can build to
create light and sound, leading to a plan for a simple intrusion
alarm.
Platt includes three chapters explaining how to solder
wires and build a permanent circuit. However, the skill of soldering is
not essential for other projects in the book.
You learn all
about integrated circuit chips: how they work, what they do, how they
are identified, and where you can buy them. Build your own oscillator
and one shot circuits, and learn how to chain timer chips together.
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A simple circuit can test the speed of your reflexes. Other
circuits include a combination lock for a computer, or a game in which
players compete to be the first to press a button. There is a novel,
simplified circuit to build electronic dice.
Make:
Electronics
includes advice about setting up your work area, storing
parts, and buying additional tools, if you decide to venture further
into the field.
The final section of the book explains
inductance and the components that make use of it, such as loudspeakers
and a simple AM radio. Finally, three chapters explain microcontrollers,
with projects that can use an Arduino.
A shopping guide will
minimize your investment in parts for the projects. Alternatively, kits
from independent vendors contain exactly the parts that you need.
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Ideal for Beginners
This book assumes that you
have no prior knowledge. It explains each concept in meticulous detail,
and is friendly, patient, and fun. Positive reader feedback has been
received from people ranging in age from 8 to 84. More than 200,000
copies have been sold. If you only buy one book about electronics, this
should be the one.

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Reviews for Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery:

5

May 12, 2015

Years trying to get into electronics but the tutorials online or other books just didnt do it for me.

THis book explains very well some concepts that other wise you would not understand.

The funny thing here is that i got this book for free on www.archive.org as pdf. when i was reading it i could not believe i got it for free.

5

Nov 30, 2019

Let me make a quick review for you all, Charles Platt books are a must to read.
Read all of the three encyclopedia and two electronic books even before you start the blinking LED project, because not only he will do that for you, he also will put you in a position where you find yourself making professional projects using what he taught you before you finish all of his books.
Thank you Charles!
0

Jul 18, 2013

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. it's the best way to knew about electronics...
5

Jul 20, 2010

Even (or especially) if you don't know a thing about electronics, this book is for you. No boring theory, but simple experiments guide you through the fascinating world of electronics.
5

Oct 04, 2010

Whether you have some electronics theory knowledge or not, if you have no practical experience, and you want it, get this book. An exellent beginers book, the only problem is that it makes you wanna work more and more electronics :)
4

Nov 25, 2014

Judging the writing isn't really appropriate, but I did learn a lot and he explains the concepts and experiments clearly and concisely. Definitely recommend to those who wish to learn about electronics.
5

May 07, 2016

One of the best educational books I've ever read. Very clear, very well organized, a logical progression of ideas. The "Learning by Discovery" approach has to be the best way to really learn this stuff. I'm so happy I've read this, and I'll keep it handy to return to in the future as well.
4

Sep 03, 2011

I studied Electronics throughout Highschool and University. However, my textbooks and teachers did not make all the concepts clear to me. This book filled some of the gaps in my knowledge ("Why was a transistor invented? I know what a 555 timer does. but why does it exist? Who invented it and why?", etc.)
4

Mar 20, 2013

This is a very nicely illustrated and detailed introduction book about electronics. So, if you have no background, it's very recommended.

If you do have background, I am not sure. It might be too basic, and it also focus on building from discrete components. If you want to know how to hook things to your Arduino, it might not be very useful.
4

Apr 09, 2010

It's the best intro to building with electronics that I can imagine.

My only frustration has been adapting one of the circuits to a breadboard version (i.e. the LED blinking circuit - "A Pulsing Glow"); it's more a function of my limitations though than the limitations of the book.

The fact that it's so much better than other electronics books out there, (possibly combined), merits its 5-star rating.
4

Dec 27, 2014

This book gives a relaxed view of doing electronics without tearing your hair out. Of course you may have to switch components or discover that the little device or part you bought does not work exactly the way you read that it was supposed to. Of course it takes a bit more time to build and to test. Charles Platt's examples show that you can cope. Just be prepared and give your self time to ask questions and test the answers. Which may not be permanent answers. That is really good training for This book gives a relaxed view of doing electronics without tearing your hair out. Of course you may have to switch components or discover that the little device or part you bought does not work exactly the way you read that it was supposed to. Of course it takes a bit more time to build and to test. Charles Platt's examples show that you can cope. Just be prepared and give your self time to ask questions and test the answers. Which may not be permanent answers. That is really good training for many experimental endeavours. ...more
4

Dec 08, 2012

Very good book for beginners in electronics, which I am. Light on theory, heavy on hands on learning. Be prepared to break a few things. :)
0

Jan 27, 2010

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4

Jun 23, 2014

Excellent low level introduction to electronics theory and components in plain english - can't wait to read the second volume!
5

May 03, 2016

Great book. Explained what I need to learn in an easy, quick manner.
0

Jun 08, 2016

I have read through the entire book (and am going through again for projects that i think are helpful to what I am working on versus a rather broad base of topics) and i think what is really strong is how Platt really seems to want things to be accessible for his reader (versus some books which seem to want to obfuscate why things work); therefore no review
5

Mar 29, 2014

The cover says it right: "Burn things out, mess things up - that's how you learn." This is what electronics is about. Charles Platt has given the electric shock to the Maker movement by writing an essential tome for novices and advanced experimenters alike. I love the O'Reilly standard fare inside the book (clear imagery, text boxes, photos, precise and concise explanations).

As for the imagery, there are schematic diagrams, bread-boarding layouts, hand drawings and color photographs - The cover says it right: "Burn things out, mess things up - that's how you learn." This is what electronics is about. Charles Platt has given the electric shock to the Maker movement by writing an essential tome for novices and advanced experimenters alike. I love the O'Reilly standard fare inside the book (clear imagery, text boxes, photos, precise and concise explanations).

As for the imagery, there are schematic diagrams, bread-boarding layouts, hand drawings and color photographs - everything you need to "see" what is being described. The descriptions are apt and interesting as an book, totally demolishing any preconceived notions of "dry" electronic texts. Platt has a way with words, as he does with electronics. The book progresses from the simple to the more complex, keeping your interest as you go along. (and when you run out of projects, there's another book!)

The only complaint I had for this - I couldn't get a copy of this into my hands fast enough! I was lucky enough to check this out from a library beforehand. I bought my own copy a week later.

Bottom Line: Great for Maker novices and for advanced experimenters. You want to learn electronics? Get a copy of this book. ...more
5

Jan 28, 2020

Good review had fun

Good review had fun.

I knew a lot from science class and personal experiments as a child.. This was part a good review.
3

Mar 05, 2018

A lot of useful ideas for beginners in electronics. Somewhat more intermediate hobbyists may find something in here for them as well, but probably not the more advanced types.
4

Aug 26, 2017

Great book; clear and detailed explanation of electronics using interesting accessible project.
5

Jun 22, 2018

Great way to learn electronics! I got more out of this book than Ive gotten out of traditional approaches. Great way to learn electronics! I got more out of this book than I’ve gotten out of traditional approaches. ...more
4

Sep 19, 2017

All explanations are very clear. Author has a good narrative style. Pictures are excellent. More web resources would have make it even better, as such as a few parts with deeper explanations (for example, why I shouldn't do experiments with rechargeable batteries).
5

Sep 08, 2018

An excellent and practical introduction to electronics book. It would be nice to have more explanations about the used analog components and their values, and why they are necessary in the designs.
You do need the components, supplies, and tools to do the experiments, which is a good starting kit for after the book has ended. There are nice chapters on soldering, assembling an oscillator on a perforated board, and creating a box for your project. However, nothing about laying out a PCB design and An excellent and practical introduction to electronics book. It would be nice to have more explanations about the used analog components and their values, and why they are necessary in the designs.
You do need the components, supplies, and tools to do the experiments, which is a good starting kit for after the book has ended. There are nice chapters on soldering, assembling an oscillator on a perforated board, and creating a box for your project. However, nothing about laying out a PCB design and etching a PCB. Two more old-school projects, a battery out of lemons and a "crystal" AM radio, were interesting and worked surprisingly well.
Overall, highly recommended for those who'd like to learn some electronics on the practical side, and continue with the theory later. ...more

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