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This book is printed on high-quality paper and improved with colour pics and diagrams. The text is of good size for those who require specs to read.
* Target audience
In my humble opinion, the quality of the work within this book by this author is broadly around H.N.C level and later then strays into initial degree level later on. This is a largely practical pitch, and still with its signature of reduced mathematical content, apart from BODMAS rules.
* Whats the best bits?
The best bits are carried from what's in the previous volume, 'Make Electronics'. Meaning this clarity continues and explains what you may be too shy to admit you may not already grasp? I know how competitive studies are with fellow students and tutors pushing topics along. It describes individual components in enlightening ways, such as differing comparators and op-amps configurations - the LM741 and quad op-amp LM339 -, the simple transistors- the 2n2222, 555 timers, phototransistors, decoders and encoders and multiplexers, logic gates AND OR NOT NAND NOR XOR. And a major section of differing sensors is again very clearly explained. The great thing it promotes good comprehension skills with very tidy prototyping on boards that's is always a very handy skill and is a major help in debugging when faults occur.
The reason why i estimate this book to be 'H.N.C' level plus is the problem of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'. This i experienced this type of problem in my H.N.D, and this book goes into great lengths showing the principles of this multi logic setup, even going into multiple boards carrying discrete components and not always with logic gates. The lack of logical mapping is an unusual oversight considering its pitch. A nice thing is that it applied a system approach, advising blocks in order to avoid 'reinventing the wheel' and then working down into the component level.
I enjoyed this largely practical book very much and devoured it over a week. Its refreshed lots of my half-forgotten studies and gave me pleasure to read. The author explains on page 323 his background and this may surprise?
It is a good book. I have the first one, and this follows on nicely. Not everyone will like it, but they are written in a fun style, his emphasis is on telling you how something works, then getting you to try a few actual examples to see the effect for yourself. He's very light on maths (ok, personally I'd rather there were a little more), but heavy on actually doing projects to learn and see the effects. Even to the extent of intentionally breaking a few components to see what happens and why things happen, I really like these books and they cover the subject well.
Excellent book. One of the best learning books I've used. Well written, clear explanations of what is actually happening when constructing and using the completed circuits. The illustrations are first class to compliment the text. If this book and the first one "Make Electronics" by the same author Charles Platt were available in hardback versions at double the cost they would still be worth every penny.