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This book will make you want to lick a battery! That will actually be your first assignment as you begin the lessons in this unique and colorful guide that uses “learning by discovery” to teach basic electronics. You build and experience the circuit (as in the aforementioned battery licking) first, then you learn the theories behind it. You'll "burn things out, mess things up — that's how you learn" as the cover promises.

This clearly written, lavishly illustrated book (over 500 full-color photographs and illustrations) carefully walks you through 36 experiments. Through the construction of working circuits, you’ll first learn the basics of voltage, amperage, resistance, capacitance, inductance, and other fundamentals. And then it’s on to logic gates, analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and integrated circuits. Along the way, you’ll also meet the scientists and the fundamental discoveries that have made modern electronics possible. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a solid working knowledge of electronics and will be ready to confidently venture off into the worlds of hobby electronics, microcontrollers, and robotics.

If you’ve always been intimated by poorly-written, overly technical electronics books or tech websites that assume you already know far more than you do, we made this book especially for you. Find out why Tom Igoe (co-creator of the Arduino microcontroller) called it: “A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous." And the late Hans Camenzind (designer of the classic 555 timer chip) enthused “This is teaching at its best!”

If you’re really ready to dive in, purchase the Make: Electronics Deluxe Tool Kit or Make: Electronics Components Pack 1 and Components Pack 2 and add the book for just $10 more. The Components Packs include all of the parts you need for the experiments without going through the trouble of sourcing everything yourself. Components Pack 1 will take you through experiments 1 – 11. Components Pack 2 will get you through experiments 12 – 36.

You can download a PDF sample of the book here .


Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 10 Write a review.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Parts for the experiments/projects April 20, 2012
Reviewer: Richard Riley from Trilby, FL United States  
I bought this for my son last year, and then again for me this year.  
Being very cheap, I did not buy the parts kit for myself, but discovered the thrill of ordering parts from China and Thailand through e-bay.  I have bought 2n2222 for 2 cents each, LEDs for a penny, relays for 65 cents, etc.  This is wonderful, but since they are so cheap (shipping included) I buy them in lots of 20 or 100 and now have a table full of project boards, parts, wires and smiles.  In order to not spend the $125 for the parts kit, I have spent about $300 through eBay.  And now I can do these and scores of other project into the next decade.  
It is a great book and I recommend both Make: and eBay to everybody.

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The Best Intro Into Electronics Book April 4, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
I have never received any formal electronics training, but this book gave me the staples to understand electronics.  I've had many various D.I.Y. electronics books, but none have explained electronics quite so well.  It takes you through electronics in a hands on way.  From licking a 9v and making LEDs light up with lemons to an occulting circuit with a relay and much more.  This book gave me the basic foundation in electronics in a fun way and now I have built a polygraph and a photo-theremin both of which can be found in make magazine.
*Easy to understand
*Fun projects starting with basic and leading up to the more advanced
*Hands on and gets you right to the project
*Every project includes a simple shopping list with web sights and stores to purchase the parts

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Great Book for Beginners!! January 2, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from New Haven, CT United States  
This book is really for beginners.  I've often been disappointed by ‘beginners’ books on various topics that quickly forget their target audience and become difficult to follow.  This is NOT the case with this book. The author starts with simple to follow experiments and ideas.  Even the theory sections are written using easy to understand metaphors.

Unfortunately, there are a few oversights in the book that can be confusing for the beginner.  So far, I have only encountered these in Exp.6.  There are two instances where the text disagrees with the diagrams. To a more experienced experimenter, these would be trivial mistakes in the book, but for a beginner who is trying to understand the underlying theory and concepts this can be particularly confusing.

Despite those few instances of confusion and frustration, this book is very clearly written and very mindful of its target audience.  I doubt you’ll be able to find a better hands-on book for beginners anywhere else!

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Super but be prepared to open your wallet July 4, 2010
Reviewer: Michael Fitzhugh from Oakland, CA United States  
I love this book so far. It is well-written, has great illustrations and has gotten me excited to learn about basic electronics. However because I'm new to all this, I wasn't quite prepared for the expenses one needs to incur for tools and materials. First, I spent 135 USD for the Deluxe Make Electronics Toolkit and then another 100 USD on the Make Electronics Components Pack 1. Granted, there are other sources of tools and components that might have been cheaper and any new hobby has some initial set-up costs. Also, the Make kits which I'm noting here are superb values that will save you both time and money. Just be prepared. If you're serious about digging into this book, you'll need to dig into your wallet too.

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Burbank, CA April 24, 2010
Reviewer: William Springer from Tuxedo, NY United States  
I agree with everything Colin Miller said.  His fiancé is a very lucky woman!

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