The Art of Electronics - third Edition

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The Art of Electronics - third Edition

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The book covers many areas of circuit design, from basic DC voltage, current, and resistance, to active filters and oscillators, to digital electronics, including microprocessors and digital bus interfacing. The preface is explicit about this; the linear structure of previous AoE books has been replaced with very modular sections on specific topics. You’d also be amazed by how many EEs I work with that can’t tell you what a circuit does necessarily when looking at it. Here, you’ll find a discussion of simple diode- and MOSFET-based reverse battery protection circuits, lithium-ion battery circuit safety, implementing foldback current limiting, controlling DC motors with PWM, high-side current sensing, and various other topics in power electronics design. I think it was that stuff that appealed to a lot of physics students but put off a lot of EE students.

It's an alternative way to penetrate into the engineering mindset and understand, as the title say, "The Art of Electronics", which is a lot more than just mathematics, it's a particular way of thinking, which this book teaches masterfully. Side note: if you're writing a textbook and removing a chapter for a new edition and find that there are a lot of references to it in other chapters, that's a hint that you shouldn't have cut that chapter, not a reason to tell readers they should own multiple editions of the same book. I especially like the comments about interpreting specifications and the deconstruction of the Agilent voltmeters is just, well, wonderful. Go for an easier one to start with, such as Practical Electronics for Inventors, book 4, and Learning the Art of Electronics then drift into this superb volume. As others have noted, the paper used is quite thin, but it would have to be, given the page-count - 1260-ish.

In fact, each chapter of the new book begins with a repetition of the end-of-chapter review from the corresponding part of AoE3. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular. This is Hackaday-type stuff; if it were’t already in a book, their work would fit right in as a daily article here. For electronic engineering students, [this book] … will help you develop the intuitive understanding, which will make it easier to put the maths in context, and it will be invaluable when you do practical work for design projects.

It can be described as a cross between a textbook and reference manual, though without the chapter-end questions and exercises which are often found in textbooks. Finally, the chapter concludes with a discussion of different types of diodes, including some esoteric types, and their practical failings.Doesn't dive terribly deep into any one specific topic, but has enough of everything to get started. For instance, the authors tabulate and discuss the leakage currents of a collection of BJTs and FETs for comparison and include a section on BJT bandwidth and transition frequency.

i got a lot out of my first reading, and figure i probably left at least 75% of the material on the table.

The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the first edition so successful and popular. I really like the fact that 'modern' components are referenced throughout the example circuits/theory descriptions, making the whole learning experience seem much more grounded in reality.

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