The Art of Electronics - third Edition

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I bought the AoE3 when it was released, and managed to complete the set last year when I located a near-mint hard-cover 1st Edition.

This epic work was created by two of the best experts in the field (with many others providing information).As was noted, you won’t find a textbook introduction to bipolar junction transistors here; instead, you’ll find a collection of smaller notes about specific subtopics. It is loaded with real life devilish down to details advice that one could try to dig days on end from other sources. Winfield Hill has held positions at numerous organisations, including Harvard University's Electronic Design Center and Sea Data Corporation. It’s at the same time an expanded discussion of many of the topics covered in AoE3 and a self-contained reference manual on a variety of topics in electrical engineering. In the first paragraph of the book’s preface, the authors give the basic picture: the “x” is for eXtra, meaning that the material in this book was originally slated to be part of the AoE3, but simply didn’t fit — that book is 1250 pages as it stands.

whereas Practical Electronics for Inventors hurriedly builds up the theory in the first two chapters, Horowitz just figures you know.At well over a thousand information-dense pages, though, that feels like an extraordinarily laborious way to get into a hobby that has next to no useful applications. This new book features expanded coverage of topics from the previous editions, plus discussions of some interesting but rarely traveled areas of electrical engineering. I never heard of the book until the age of the popular internet, maybe 1996, but then it seemed referenced “everywhere”, I always assumed because many had it as a university text book. But recently, having had my eye caught by some "clever" YouTube electronics makers, I felt a hankering, yearning and a stirring of desire to recapture the spirit of things past. If you’ve been into electronics for any length of time, you’ve almost certainly run across the practical bible in the field, The Art of Electronics, commonly abbreviated AoE.

Oh, I’m more of a hands-on guy, the idea of waiting 2 years to “get started” would have drove me up a wall. Or, if not a lie, it at least sets you up for an extremely steep learning curve, not helped any by the authors' annoying habit of using concepts long before they're introduced, and you very much do already need to have a solid enough grounding (haha) in electricity to be able to read circuit diagrams (there's an appendix about them but it's about how to draw good ones rather than bad ones, not fundamentals) and to have some familiarity with how it behaves: though the first chapter starts with Ohm's law and the concept of the electron, it skips over a pretty significant middle bit as it throws you into the deep end. Doesn't dive terribly deep into any one specific topic, but has enough of everything to get started. x-Chaper four begins appropriately with a brief discussion of an antique vacuum-tube op-amp, with the rest of the chapter devoted mainly to discussing the finer points of design with modern devices.

Capacitors and inductors get extensive treatment since there are myriad imperfections that plague them.

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