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Make: Electronics, 1Ed

Make: Electronics, 1Ed

Make: Electronics will make you want to lick batteries! We're not joking. This critically-acclaimed, best-selling book has you licking the business end of a 9v battery in your first assignment.

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Make: Electronics will make you want to lick batteries! We're not joking. This critically-acclaimed, best-selling book has you licking the business end of a 9v battery in your first assignment. Using what author Charles Platt has dubbed "learning by discovery,"” you'll build and experience the circuits first (as in the aforementioned battery licking), then you'll learn the theories behind them (how they work, or why they failed). You'll "burn things out, mess things up" as the cover promises, because “that's how you learn.”


This impressively clear, well-written, and lavishly illustrated book (over 500 color photos and illustrations) carefully steps you through 36 experiments. Through the construction of working circuits, you'’ll learn the basics of voltage, amperage, resistance, capacitance, inductance, and other fundamentals of electronics. Then it'’s on to logic gates, analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and integrated circuits (ICs). Along the way, you'll meet the scientists and their fundamental discoveries that made modern electronics possible. By the time you're done, you'’ll have a solid working knowledge of electronics and be ready to confidently venture into the worlds of hobby electronics, microcontrollers, even robotics.


If you've always been intimated by poorly-written, overly technical electronics books or 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: "Fabulous -- 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 into the world of hobby electronics, purchase the Make: Electronics Deluxe Tool Kit or Make: Electronics Components Pack 1 and Components Pack 2. 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, while Pack 2 includes the components for experiments 12-24.



* Learn about electronics by trying first, breaking things, and then learn from your mistakes and experiments of discovery.

* Learn how to set up a productive and organized workspace with the tools and parts you need.

* Learn about the key electronic components and their functions in a circuit.

* Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflect tester, an electronic combination lock, and an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles.

* Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations about what you're doing and why it works (or why it fails).

About the Author:
Charles Platt is a former science fiction writer (his best known book is probably The Silicon Man) who switched to journalism and became a senior writer for Wired magazine. Currently running a small R&D business in Florida, Platt pursues portrait photography as a spare-time interest, and is a longtime fan of Hong Kong martial arts movies. His favorite show is Viva La Bam on MTV. His interest in MAKE-ing gadgets began when he built a tic-tac-toe computer from telephone relays in 1966. Charles is a regular contributor to MAKE and is a well-known name to MAKE readers.


Make: contributor Jim Patrick Kelly went through the entire Make: Electronics book and documented all of his builds and what he learned via a series of videos and blog posts.

A video on setting up an electronics lab for beginning electronics.

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