Getting started in electronics review
This is the review of the last book that I completed in 2016 for the 12 books challange. The reason I picked this book in the first place was to refresh basic electronics knowledge to be able to kick start some personal projects (just in case I had to exchange robots for food).
As the title suggests the book is a quite quick introduction to electronics with quite a lot of simplifications, pretty pictures and ideas for some DIY experiments.
I quite liked the format of the book, it resembles a nicely written notebook with lots of pictures to reinforce understanding of presented topics. The book is about 130 pages long and covers both analog and digital circuits. The last 30 pages of the book are examples of 100 circuits to build. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to build those circuits so I can’t say too much about them.
The tip of the iceberg
You won’t learn electronics by reading 100 pages of introductory text. The goal of this book is to get you exploring and learning by doing as quickly as possible and this book does it very well. You just need to stay motivated to explore the topics presented here in more depth and try things yourself.
I would recommend this book only to two kinds of people: the ones who want to start learning about the topic and the ones who had a long break and want to quickly refresh their knowledge.
Personally I would love to read The Art of Electronics to have a thorough understanding of the topic but I realize I won’t have enough time to complete it given I have so many pressing projects waiting to be started or completed (more information coming soon!)