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Getting Started in Electronics

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Joined: Feb 15, 2002
Posts: 953
Author/s    : Forrest Mims
Publisher   : Master Publishing
Category   : Other
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating        : 10 horseshoes

"Getting Started in Electronics" is only 128 pages but covers an incredible amount. It goes over the major parts in electronics. I like the emphasis on how things work - yes a little physics. There are wiring diagrams, pictures of components and a great reference on the covers.

It's the kind of book you have to read many times to get everything out of it. First read was great though.

The only thing I don't like is that it is handwritten font on graph paper like in a real engineering notebook. I loved the O'Reilly series which was also on graph paper. The difference is that a typed font was used for the main text and only the notes in the margin looked handwritten. By contrast, having everything look handwritten made it hard to skim. I used a highlighter to solve that problem on subsequent reads.

And I used the highlighter a lot which means there was lots of information. I bought this book directly from It came in less than 5 days which was quite impressive.

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Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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