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  1. phaeton

    phaeton Guest

    This is what sucks about moving: Losing things and having to start

    I seem to have lost my best electronics book (an old Radio Shack book
    from back in the days when Radio Shack was cool).


    I know that just one book can't cover everything, but does electronics
    have "THE BOOK" that must be owned? You know, like "K&R" for C
    Programming, "The Camel Book" for Perl, "The Design and Implementation"
    for FreeBSD.. that sort of thing.

    Any other pointers to information (on the web or on the bookshelf)
    would be appreciated. I don't know if this matters or not, but i'll
    mention that a lot of my interest might stem from guitar and keyboard
    amplification and effects.

    Though I'm probably still what most would consider "at the basics
    level" of understanding. (I apparently have attention span problems
    and fall in and out of infatuation with all of my various hobbies, and
    by now i'm too old for college).

    Thanks for any help or input.
  2. Richard

    Richard Guest

    If you remember the title, check on the internet.

    What makes you think you are too old for college?
  3. It depends on how much work you want to put in. For building really
    simple circuits, those forrest mims books may work for you.

    For more interesting stuff, a copy of "The Art of Electronics" may be
    what you want. Check it out from the library first, read the first three
    chapters. You'll know by then if you want to buy it. (Note there may be
    another edition coming soon)

    A simpler, but more up to date, and slightly more accessible version is
    "Practical Electronics for Inventors" by Scherz. It has alot less detail
    than AoE, but is cheaper. It's also probably at your library.

    "Basic Electronics" by Grob is a textbook that can give you even more
    gruesome detail about these things, but it's geared for a course in
    electronics. It has exercises you can do to make sure you learn the stuff.

    Old AARL handbooks are quite readable and useful, but often hard to find.

    Robert Monsen

    "Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."
    - Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon,
    on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.
  4. phaeton

    phaeton Guest


    I don't remember the exact title. It was something generic, like
    "Basic Electronics" or "Solid-State Electronics" or "Basic Electronics
    Theory" or "Electronics Fundamentals". I've done some searching on
    these titles in amazon, b&n, ebay, google, etc and sifted through as
    many as i could stand. To me, the book seemed rather comprehensive (it
    went from atomic structure up to programming microcontrollers) but I
    may not be the best judge of that. It may be total crap for all i

    So if i were to buy a book, i might as well make sure to buy the right
    one ;)

    What makes me too old? I don't know. I'll be 31 this year. I relent
    to admit that my math skills are pretty weak. If i were to go back to
    school to major in CS and minor in EE, a placement test might dictate
    that I need to do high school all over again. I might be looking at
    6-8 years of school, assuming i can afford to go to school full-time
    (and that i've still got any brains left). By graduation I'll be
    approaching 40, which isn't the most desireable age for employers.

    I actually have a fair number of Mimms books, which is where my
    rudimentary understanding of electronics comes from. I have Getting
    Started and a smattering of the Engineer's Mini-Notebooks. FWIW i've
    enjoyed each of them. Forrest must be an interesting individual, but i
    don't know anything else about him.

    Thankyou for the other suggestions. The Art Of Electronics is one that
    I was looking at, but there are so many to choose from on Amazon and I
    don't know what I'm looking at. Is there any official word of a new
    edition of this book, or is that all speculation?

    I'll have to take a look at the library (haven't made it that far yet)
    for these, just to see. I had once borrowed from the Library a book
    called "Basic Electronics" (this is going back maybe 10 years ago in a
    different state) but that's such a generic title it could be different
    than Grob. I don't remember the author, and the book was circa 1983
    iirc. Might have been an older version of it.

  5. There have been a few versions of "Basic Electronics" by Grob. The one I
    have is the 8th version. The copyrights go back to 1959...

    One of the authors of AoE frequents the group,
    and has made some mention that he is working on a 3rd edition. No word
    on when it'll be out, but the last one was 1989, so they are clearly
    taking their time. If you are going to buy, you can get technical books
    much cheaper at

    Good luck. Also, if you are in California, try the community college
    system. It's got some great introductory classes, and isn't that
    expensive. Lots of people take night classes.

    Robert Monsen

    "Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."
    - Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon,
    on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.
  6. "The Art of Electronics" is probably the only book you'll get almost
    universal agreement on as being "the" electronics book to have.
    The ARRL handbook is probably the other one of you are into radio

    The rest come down to what people are bought up on I guess.

    For me, I like for the following:
    For Digital - "Digital Systems, Principles and Applications by Ronald J
    For basic AC Circuit Theory - "Circuit Theory and Techniques by Hans
    Goodman" (Volumes 1 and 2) (This is Australian, so it may not be
    popular or well known in the US)

    Dave :)
  7. I think I read somewhere from one of the authors that the new edition
    will be so different that it would be wise to keep the 2nd edition
    anyway. So I wouldn't wait for the mythical 3rd edition, buy and learn

    Dave :)
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