Learning by Discovery to Make Electronics

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments.
You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!

Build working devices, from simple to complexYou'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.
  •     Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure
  •     Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need
  •     Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit
  •     Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock
  •     Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles
  •     Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why

Nowadays the market is full with electronics. Different equipment fills in all aspects of our life, becoming a necessary attribute of each home and even everyday fashion. This massive usage, though, causes overpricing of some of them as well as limit our fantasy as to what else can be done by simple welding.

O'Reilly has been churning out technical literature of unbeatable quality for as long as there has been a real IT industry. In recent years, they have branched into hobbyist and educational material, particularly including the Make series of periodicals and books that has not only reignited numerous hobbyist markets but also spawned its own set of conferences, the Maker Faires. DIY is enjoying a renaissance, and Make is at the forefront.

If you're thinking about dabbling with electronics, maybe have had an interest in the past, but could never quite find the right resource to get started - congratulations, you've just found it.

Instead of starting with math and theory and circuit analysis, this book uses hands on exercises and explains the theories in very easy to understand language and metaphors. But, it still does then circle back to explain the math and theory upon which the practical examples are based.

Charles Platt is a widely published science fiction author, electronics and bioscience consultant and superior educator. This is a guidebook to Electronics worthy of Heathkit in its glory days. It offers a completely hands-on and hands dirty approach including examining and pushing components beyond their limits, and assembling and testing all of the topics you study in the handbook. The pedagogy is clear and succinct. Beautiful full-color illustrations show you how to do "it" and to fully know what to expect on your workbench.

The books does a wonderful job of building upon concepts and moving onto the next without jumping too far out ahead. It has some nice historical asides in the sidebars about inventors and scientists for a special touch.

One of the nice things is the book shows circuits early on using illustrations of how the circuit would be layed out on a breadboard.   If you're looking for a one-stop book to electronics, you won't find it. This book takes you a fair distance, but the further you go, the further you yearn for more depth in explanations, more serious schematic drawings, more variety in types of circuits. Listen to yourself when that happens and simply supplement your learning with more books and websites.