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Make: Electronics: Learning by Discoveryby Charles Platt
Synopses & Reviews
"This is teaching at its best!"
"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. I'll be recommending this book highly."
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.
Book News Annotation:
This is an illustrated introductory guide to building and understanding electronic devices. The author gets those readers interested in electronics as a hobby started immediately on building simple circuits, only explaining the principles involved after the reader has first hand experience with the circuit in question. He gradually builds up the complexity of the devices being built such that by the end of the work the reader should be able to build, for example, a working house burglar alarm, including coded key pad and various functional timers. The reader will also learn the basics of electronics schematics. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With this practical introductory guide, readers can learn important concepts while they work on real projects. "Make: Electronics" provides complete step-by-step instructions for each project, easy-to-follow circuit diagrams, and full-color photographs.
Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is packed with fun craft and toy-making projects for geeks on a budget. Inside, you'll find illustrated instructions for 24 quirky playthings. Part I: Kid Stuff contains child-friendly projects like the Lock-N-Latch Treasure Chest and a PVC TeePee; Part II: The Electro-Skiffle Band is devoted to homemade musical instruments; and Part III: The Locomotivated showcases moving toys, like a muzzleloader that shoots marshmallows and a steam-powered milk-carton boat.
Each project costs just $10 or less to make and is suitable for anyone, regardless of experience level. As you build, you'll learn useful sewing and carpentry skills, and the appendix offers a primer on electronics and soldering.
You (and your kids) will have hours of fun making projects like:
Whether you're a mom or dad in search of a rainy day activity, a Scout leader looking to educate and entertain your troop, or just a DIY weekend warrior, the projects in Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred will inspire and amuse you. Now, roll up your sleeves and make!
MAKE Magazine's special Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide 2011 reveals the top tools and tricks for today's DIY "maker" workshop — one that goes way beyond woodworking into the realms of metalworking, electronics, robotics, CNC milling, 3D printing, and more. Whether you need a gift for the do-it-yourselfer who loves technology, or you want to rev up your own work in 2011, the Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide 2011 shows you how.
This MAKE Special Issue shows you how to:
Set Up a DIY Workshop to Make Anything! »Wood, Metal, Plastics »Electronics and Robotics »Arts and Crafts 6 Ultimate Maker Tools Build Your Own CNC Routers and 3D Printers 99 Cool Tools and Gadgets Workbenches You Can Build 10 Best DIY Fabbing Tools Create a Hackerspace Access More Tools for Less Money Top Makers Show Their Shops
Major Sections Include: ULTIMATE WORKSHOPS - Exclusive: MythBuster Adam Savage's new home workshop! Plus the amazing workshops of all kinds of makers: electronics, machine shops, rocket vehicles, and more DIY - Build your own workbenches, storage, and high-tech tools to prototype anything MAKER - Learn how to start a hackerspace shared with other makers, and more TOOLBOX - The Maker's Ultimate Tools and Buying Guide for setting up your shop plus reviews of more than 100 great gadgets, hot new tools and favorite classics.
About the Author
Charles Platt became interested in computers when he acquired an Ohio Scientific C4P in 1979. After writing and selling software by mail order, he taught classes in BASIC programming, MS-DOS, and subsequently Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. He wrote five computer books during the 1980s.
He has also written science fiction novels such as The Silicon Man (published originally by Wired books) and Protektor (from Avon Books). He stopped writing science fiction when he started contributing to Wired magazine in 1993, and became one of its three senior writers a couple of years later.
Charles began contributing to Make magazine in its third issue and is currently a contributing editor. Make: Electronics is his first book for Make Books. Currently he is designing and building prototypes of medical equipment in his workshop in a northern Arizona wilderness area.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Experiencing ElectricityChapter 2: Switching Basics and MoreChapter 3: Getting Somewhat More SeriousChapter 4: Chips, Ahoy!Chapter 5: What Next?Online Retail Sources and ManufacturersAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorColophon
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