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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Dean, Jan 14, 2004.

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  1. Dean

    Dean Guest

    Does anyone else get annoyed at the number of reference books on electronics
    that are chock full of simple errors ? I find many books seem to be rushed
    onto the market without being proof read beforehand. You'll see plain
    obvious mistakes like voltage polarity the wrong way round, wrong numbers
    used to identify figures and tables, illogical logic statements and worst of
    all - text that stops halfway through a sentence at the bottom of a page
    with a new chapter beginning on the next ! Could it be that publishers cut
    costs by using some Microsoft spill checka ( sorry, spell checker ) and
    think thats good enough ? Girlie magazines have fewer errors......so I've
    heard.

    Dean.
     
  2. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    You don't need to spell-check bitmaps.....

    I bought some satellite training videos for my tech's once and was given the
    same publishing company's book on same subject as a sample, them hoping to
    sell a heap of them. It was such crappy quality that I nearly sent the
    videos back as well on principle! The cheaper 'texts' seem to suffer this,
    but the more exotic subject texts seem to do okay.

    Ken
     
  3. Look for a book in the AUD100$+ vicinity and you might find thigs are a
    little different. Also try the well known books used by the Uni's, such as
    "Art of Electronics" by Winfield Hill.
     
  4. You forgot the ones that just have a silly random mix of stuff that
    makes the thing next to useless. I have plenty of those. No point
    having a fantastically presented and edited error free book if the
    contents are scattered all over the place and not relevant.

    Not all uni/tafe recommended books cut the mustard either, some of
    them are just plain silly. But on whole, most of them are the pick of
    the crop.

    When is the third edtion of Art of Electronics coming out?

    Dave :)
     
  5. Vermin

    Vermin Guest

    Certainly do.

    I recently read a book called "The secrets of RF circuit design".

    I'll get the publisher and authors name from work tomorrow and post
    it as a follow up, so that all of you can avoid this spectacularly
    crap book.

    Every chapter without fail had errors. From wrong reference
    designators when talking about circuit elements, to the misuse of
    terms like power and voltage.

    Absolute rubbish.

    V.
     
  6. Mark Harriss

    Mark Harriss Guest


    "Secrets of RF circuit design" Joseph Carr, McGraw-Hill?
    sold by Dickies
     
  7. "Vermin" wrote
    Certainly do.

    I recently read a book called "The secrets of RF circuit design".

    I'll get the publisher and authors name from work tomorrow and post
    it as a follow up, so that all of you can avoid this spectacularly
    crap book.

    Every chapter without fail had errors. From wrong reference
    designators when talking about circuit elements, to the misuse of
    terms like power and voltage.

    Absolute rubbish.

    **** Are you sure you're not getting a book or two mixed up with the
    Aus.Electronics newsgroup?

    :)

    Brian Goldsmith.
     
  8. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    According to Win 'no time soon'! His advice is to get the 2nd edition
    because the 3rd will contain so much new stuff you'll need/want them
    both anyway!

    Jeff
     
  9. Dean

    Dean Guest

    Yes, Art of Electronics is an absolute gem. An example of how to get it
    right.

    Dean.
     
  10. Vermin

    Vermin Guest

    Yep that's it.
     
  11. Probably getting it mixed up with you.
     
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