- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: O′Reilly; 1 edition (16 November 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449333893
- ISBN-13: 978-1449333898
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,32,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of Electronic Components V1 Paperback – 16 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Make magazine, where he writes about electronics. He is the author of the highly successful introductory hands-on book, Make:Electronics, and is writing a sequel to that book in addition to volumes 2 and 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components.
Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, and has written various computer books. As a prototype designer, he created semi-automated rapid cooling devices with medical applications, and air-deployable equipment for first responders. He was the sole author of four mathematical-graphics software packages, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make magazine.
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I wanted to know more about capacitors. Now I have read why I might choose polyethylene over mylar, or tantalum caps over electrolytics. I wanted to know more about coils, inductors, and now there is a little more knowledge to fill the wells of memory there as well.
Lots of good information on resistors, capacitors (including the actual schematics for RC high and low pass filters), a little later there are LCR filters, diodes, a variety of diodes and transistor types. There is a very good section on a variety of motors - better here than I expected, so I learned more where I hadn't thought I would.
Platt introduces the volume by suggesting the book will gather enough information to be usable, in one place, effectively 'peer reviewed' for accuracy and legitimacy, and the book certainly lives up to that aim.
In all chapters on components there is a 'what could go wrong' section; that is what I'm going to add here. My two big complaints have to do with typeface/font selection and the layout of illustrations. The font used for formulae I find hard to read quickly and accurately. Most troublesome is the 'pi' symbol which quite often I mistake for an 'n' which I catch because I know the equation - but I can see being caught out. That I would like to see changed. The other complaint is the number of times throughout the book where the text refers to an illustration -- which is on the next page. It sounds like a minor complaint but can be irritating.
Those two quibbles aside I'm glad I bought the book. If my bookshelf had a fire, earthquake, tsunami, or house-cleaner come through I would buy another copy quickly.
And, once through the first couple chapters, I want to know when the next (two!) volumes are coming out?
Worth your time and money.
This book is a fairly comprehensive look at just about every passive electronic component out there. It has great detailed descriptions, beautiful photographs (of electronic components...lol) and even some basic circuit uses of the components. This is not a how to book. This is exactly as the name states...an encyclopedia. But if you're looking for an overview of parts...this is your book!