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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Art, Feb 28, 2005.

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  1. Art

    Art Guest

    Hey all:

    What we need here is a good list o' books. They should be practical,
    general, have gentle learning curves, and have just enough theory to
    explain things right (no mathematical proofs...MEGO). They should be
    reasonably available. I'm suggesting my two favorites, "The Art of
    Electronics", by Horowitz and Hill, and the ARRL handbook (it's not
    just for hams, ya know).

    What say all?
  2. It would be a great advantage if we could find the same information on
    the web, so we could give the beginner a list of good links he can use to
    learn the basics of electronics.

    I think there is enough texts about the basics on the web, the problem is
    that nobody has made a list, an index, of the best web sites, so they can
    be studied in a systematic manner.
    The ARRL Handbook is available in most public libraries in the
    industrialized world. The library usually has some books about elementary
    electronics too, which can be used as a complement to the courses we can
    find on internet.

    The US Navy book about basic electronics, which is available on the web,
    is also a good resource. (I forgot the url, but it shouldn't be too hard to find)
  3. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    An old used copy of Reference Data for Radio Engineers, common on

    Don Lancaster's Active Filter Cookbook. Still in print, cheap.

    The old National Linear Applications books. ebay.

  4. People got by for decades and decades without the web, so it's ridiculous
    to expect everything to be "on the web". Books have a lot of advantage,
    it's a lot easier to keep a book open when working on a project than
    keeping an internet connection, and you can actually read them whenever
    you like, rather than glance at them when you're at the computer.

    Anyone who doesn't spend some money on books about electronics is not
    interested in the field. If they can't afford them, then there's that
    old style "web", the library, with "webpages" called books, which people
    can't take out once they join the library.

    And a big mistake people make is that everything should be on the web.
    But that requires effort, without much compensation. It will be rare
    to see something as extensive and large as a book about electronics
    on the web. Looking at the questions here these past ten years, it's
    often clear that much that is online is mere copies of old material,
    often taken out of context because someone just puts the schematic
    online. That's why we get all kinds of questions about now obscure
    parts, because someone has copied that wireless microphone from that
    1964 GE Transistor Manual, but the person seeing the schematic doesn't
    know that it's that old since it's just the schematic, and is wondering
    where to get that tunnel diode. Even if putting stuff on the web
    was about illegal copying of old material, it takes effort to scan old
    stuff. Newer material is much more likely to be there, since it is
    now created in electronic form.

  6. JamesB

    JamesB Guest

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