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This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics. Widely accepted as the authoritative text and reference on electronic circuit design, both analog and digital, this book revolutionized the teaching of electronics by emphasizing the methods actually used by circuit designers -- a combination of some basic laws, rules This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics. Widely accepted as the authoritative text and reference on electronic circuit design, both analog and digital, this book revolutionized the teaching of electronics by emphasizing the methods actually used by circuit designers -- a combination of some basic laws, rules of thumb, and a large bag of tricks. The result is a largely nonmathematical treatment that encourages circuit intuition, brainstorming, and simplified calculations of circuit values and performance. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the first edition so successful and popular. It is an ideal first textbook on electronics for scientists and engineers and an indispensable reference for anyone, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits.


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This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics. Widely accepted as the authoritative text and reference on electronic circuit design, both analog and digital, this book revolutionized the teaching of electronics by emphasizing the methods actually used by circuit designers -- a combination of some basic laws, rules This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics. Widely accepted as the authoritative text and reference on electronic circuit design, both analog and digital, this book revolutionized the teaching of electronics by emphasizing the methods actually used by circuit designers -- a combination of some basic laws, rules of thumb, and a large bag of tricks. The result is a largely nonmathematical treatment that encourages circuit intuition, brainstorming, and simplified calculations of circuit values and performance. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the first edition so successful and popular. It is an ideal first textbook on electronics for scientists and engineers and an indispensable reference for anyone, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits.

30 review for The Art of Electronics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    This is kind of a no brainer, but I thought I should mention it. My only regret about this book is that I didn't get it years ago. I still don't own a copy, mind you, but I have finally figured out how to use the inter-university-library-loan system to borrow it more or less permenantly. But that's not really the review. ANYWAY, everything you ever wanted to know about electronic circuits is touched upon in here. Whether it is dealt with in sufficient detail, or whether the author will actually b This is kind of a no brainer, but I thought I should mention it. My only regret about this book is that I didn't get it years ago. I still don't own a copy, mind you, but I have finally figured out how to use the inter-university-library-loan system to borrow it more or less permenantly. But that's not really the review. ANYWAY, everything you ever wanted to know about electronic circuits is touched upon in here. Whether it is dealt with in sufficient detail, or whether the author will actually be helpful, that may be different, but there is some commentary on nearly anything. Kind of like the Mishnah of analog electronics, if you will. If you are an undergraduate starting an Electronic or Electrical engineering program, shell out the $90-odd now and use this as a supplement and/or reference. You won't regret it. If you are a non-technical person trying to learn from scratch, this will be a tough textbook, but it is do-able with a little dedication. There are example problems with solutions, but they are not always worked out in detail. You might be better off starting with something simpler (and cheaper) and working up to this. On the other hand, there is something to be said for swinging for the fences, and if you get through this, you will have a pretty good start on the basics.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Garnethoyes

    Probably the best Electronics book ever written. Very readable, practical, and understandable even for those without good background. Makes the subject fun ! A new edition is in the works so I'm told. Probably the best Electronics book ever written. Very readable, practical, and understandable even for those without good background. Makes the subject fun ! A new edition is in the works so I'm told.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nick Black

    this is a minor cult classic among EE's and CmpE's, or at least was at GT. i saw it on someone's desk today at NVIDIA, was reminded that i'd intended to look into it, and needed only a few pages to convince me of a winner. looks fantastic! this is a minor cult classic among EE's and CmpE's, or at least was at GT. i saw it on someone's desk today at NVIDIA, was reminded that i'd intended to look into it, and needed only a few pages to convince me of a winner. looks fantastic!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Koen Crolla

    The preface to the first edition claims this book requires no previous exposure to electronics; this is a lie. 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 one The preface to the first edition claims this book requires no previous exposure to electronics; this is a lie. 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. If you do have the assumed background (whether you're a hobbyist breadboard toucher or a trained electrical engineer), The Art of Electronics is a great and extremely practical gap-filler, refresher course, and reference work for everything from simple analog circuits to modern computers. If you don't, you can probably still pick things up through osmosis, and you'd probably get the most out of it on your second pass through. 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. (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.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    I've been regularly reading this book for two years now as a reference. Both the textbook and the laboratory manual that comes with it. What I would say is that: This book does a poor job at explaining individual topics but that's fine. The breadth of material needed to talk about electronics is tremendous. It does a better job than anything I've seen in any medium of telling me enough about a topic to allow me to then look up more elsewhere. It's ability to serve as a conduit to which I find in I've been regularly reading this book for two years now as a reference. Both the textbook and the laboratory manual that comes with it. What I would say is that: This book does a poor job at explaining individual topics but that's fine. The breadth of material needed to talk about electronics is tremendous. It does a better job than anything I've seen in any medium of telling me enough about a topic to allow me to then look up more elsewhere. It's ability to serve as a conduit to which I find information is indispensable. If this is the only thing you plan on reading you probably won't learn much about electronics. If you use this as the vessel for which you explore electronics I have no doubt you'll learn a lot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sanchayan Maity

    I have just started reading this. Currently reading the third chapter. I wish i would have come across and read this book in my college days. It makes one aware of how to do design, for example, a common emitter amplifier, as if it's a piece of cake. This book seems to be damn good on its own. Use it along with a good book which covers the analysis of circuits and it should cover most of the needs of any practicing engineer. I have just started reading this. Currently reading the third chapter. I wish i would have come across and read this book in my college days. It makes one aware of how to do design, for example, a common emitter amplifier, as if it's a piece of cake. This book seems to be damn good on its own. Use it along with a good book which covers the analysis of circuits and it should cover most of the needs of any practicing engineer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hume

    This book favors an intuitive understanding over the endless math found in electrical engineering textbooks. It is the perfect "what they don't teach in school" electronics book. I highly recommend it for any electrical engineering student or graduate for the transistor chapters alone. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is dated. However, for those interested in 1960s-1980s vintage analog synthesizers, this turns out to be a plus. This book favors an intuitive understanding over the endless math found in electrical engineering textbooks. It is the perfect "what they don't teach in school" electronics book. I highly recommend it for any electrical engineering student or graduate for the transistor chapters alone. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is dated. However, for those interested in 1960s-1980s vintage analog synthesizers, this turns out to be a plus.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ayush Bhat

    Read this book and you will not need anything else on the same subject.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonatron

    I haven't read this, technically; it's a large book I use for reference. But it's very well-written and explains things in an intuitive way that I never really learned in college. Much better than the typical textbook. I haven't read this, technically; it's a large book I use for reference. But it's very well-written and explains things in an intuitive way that I never really learned in college. Much better than the typical textbook.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hollowman

    Last update to this classic was in 1989. Still quite useful (=timeless) and my fave electronics reference. This book is actually FUN to read. Looking forward to the much-anticipated forthcoming 3rd edition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_... Last update to this classic was in 1989. Still quite useful (=timeless) and my fave electronics reference. This book is actually FUN to read. Looking forward to the much-anticipated forthcoming 3rd edition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tor Paulin

    Great book for anyone dealing with electronics. Even bad circuit ideas are included for reference ;-).

  12. 5 out of 5

    خالد بيومي

    The godfather of all electronics books , love it

  13. 4 out of 5

    Priidik Möls

    This book can be read as a story book from night stand, and I literally do read it before going to sleep. It would have saved me quite some friction had I gotten this book from the beginning of my electronics learning journey. - It is loaded with real life devilish down to details advice that one could try to dig days on end from other sources. - Theory is on target, just enough to be enough, described in plain language, expressed in math that everyone can grasp. - Examples given are usable for c This book can be read as a story book from night stand, and I literally do read it before going to sleep. It would have saved me quite some friction had I gotten this book from the beginning of my electronics learning journey. - It is loaded with real life devilish down to details advice that one could try to dig days on end from other sources. - Theory is on target, just enough to be enough, described in plain language, expressed in math that everyone can grasp. - Examples given are usable for current day applications. Books as good as this make people want to learn stuff. What else needs to be said.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juan Ríos

    Know as the bible of Electronics, it is the must have knowledge source to master the exciting world of electronics and devices.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed

    An amazing piece of work. The bible reference of electronics engineering.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert Schofield

    An old favourite, but difficult to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aravind Prasad

    It is not brief and even they accept it. it is a good try to cover everything about electronics. More of a reference book. Another book by the same Author "Practical art of electronics" is a better book. I couldn't finish this book completely since it is super big It is not brief and even they accept it. it is a good try to cover everything about electronics. More of a reference book. Another book by the same Author "Practical art of electronics" is a better book. I couldn't finish this book completely since it is super big

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shivam

    this book makes anyone fell in love with electronics. Shows actual practical applications of electronics.A classic and must read for any enthusiast.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    So useful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Nixon

    Glorious!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marcus von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff

    Read on the Sundays shift at my civil service. German version consist of several books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sadhulika Babayan

    This is the bible for electronics, anyone starting with electronics must go through once.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fredrik

    Excellent reference and source of inspiration. Lots of practical advice from many angles for choosing a circuit or a specific component. Also fun to read - I open it to look up one thing, and end up reading about something else.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bill Conrad

    I got this book far into my EE life. I wish I had a copy of it when I was 10. I suspect that if I had, my entire electronic education would have been vastly different. This book is suburb at taking simple concepts and explaining them well. I use it often for a reference and I like to leaf through it for fun. Every person who has the slightest interest in electronics should have a copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mcbrearty

    This is *the* classic text on electronics, bar none. My copy is 20 years old (still saving for that 3rd edition, but never mind) and I used it only a few days back as a source for circuit design. If you are an electronics engineer or technician, you simply must have this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Still getting through it, but it's a must-have for anyone breaking into electronics Still getting through it, but it's a must-have for anyone breaking into electronics

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vivek Khurana

    One book that covers end to end of electronics. I you understand basic physics and maths, you can understand electronics through this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tim Colgan

    Probably dated now. But this is the book I read after getting my EE degree to learn how to do real design in the real world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Great reference book. Covers some hairy electronics with relatively easy to read/easy to understand language.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Still use as a reference manual.

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