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by Doug Lowe

Take your electronics skills to the next level!

If you're looking for a solitary resource that covers everything you need to know about electronics, then look no further. This friendly-and-straightforward guide introduces the basics of electronics and enhances your learning experience by debunking and explaining concepts such as circuits, analog and digital, schematics, voltage, safety concerns, and more. Packed with nearly 900 pages of detailed information, this book shows you how to develop your own breadboard, design your own circuit, and get savvy with schematics.

Covers the basics of electronics and demystifies a variety of electronics concepts Encourages you to dive in and design a variety of fun and interesting entertainment, electronics, mobile, and automotive projects Offers troubleshooting advice for common electronics challenges Reviews circuits, schematics, voltage, safety concerns, and much more

So, get plugged in and start your next electronics project today with this book by your side!

Download Electronics All-in-One For Dummies epub
ISBN: 0470147040
ISBN13: 978-0470147047
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Doug Lowe
Language: English
Publisher: For Dummies (February 1, 2012)
Pages: 872 pages
ePUB size: 1941 kb
FB2 size: 1145 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 561
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Now, before I tell you why, allow me to tell you a bit about myself.
I’m a retired physics teacher with 40 years of experience. In that time I’ve used, reviewed and even made some contributions to physics books. I know my stuff when it comes to technical teaching materials.

In all those 40 years I have never once ever encountered a book with so many typos and editing mistakes as this one!! They are so common as to make the book unusable for the beginner wanting to learn electronics.

There are incorrect symbols for electronic devices. There are lots of good projects however the parts list does not match the schematic and schematics are incorrectly labelled. It goes on and on. They even got the nationality of a famous physicist wrong. The book cannot be trusted to give you correct information. You’re not going to believe this one: in the days of spell checkers there is even a spelling error. There’s even a place where the instructions for one project has been cut and pasted into the wrong project. They even got the units for capacitors (farads) and inductors (henrys) mixed-up.

It’s obvious that Doug Lowe did not write portions of this book or even read it before publication.
Was it really proofread? Did the people in the Acknowledgments even see this work? Hard for me to understand how so many errors could make it past so many of those people.

There’s also the issue of corporate responsibility. I have twice contacted Wiley regarding this book and all I ever got back was a form survey. They’ll take your money but won’t be accountable for all its defects. They just don’t seem to care about their readers.

If you bought this book I advise you to contact Wiley at 1-877-762-2974 and vociferously complain. (Please note that the person to whom you speak is only the representative of Wiley, not the one responsible for all the errors. Be firm but polite). Demand your money back or insist that they hire competent proofreaders to fix this book and post the results online. If I were the CEO of Wiley I would dock the paycheck of the people who did not do their paid work. They need to give a copy of “Proofreading for Dummies” to all involved.

I have found about 50 errors. I’m sure there are a lot more. I do not plan to post them. Let the people who were paid to publish this book be held accountable and do the job for which they were hired. I do not plan to subsidize their incompetence. Wiley needs to do this job, not the people who paid to buy the book.

Final Irony:
Allow me to say that the basic text of the book is actually very good, Kudos to Doug Lowe, he’s a talented writer. I wonder how he feels, personally, that such an error-laden disaster was published under his name. If it weren’t for all the errors I would have given this book a 5-star rating.

To summarize:
DON’T BUY THIS BOOK!! To quote another reviewer “you’ve been warned.”

1) I borrowed a copy the 2nd edition of this book (2017). About half of the errors have been corrected for a grade of 50%. So, both the 1st and 2nd edition get failing grades.

2) I recently bought a copy of Make: Electronics, 2nd ed. (2015), Charles Pratt, Media Maker Inc, publisher. It is dedicated to all those readers who helped him improve the 1st edition. There are also many ways to report and find out about errors in the book. What a difference between that and the indifferent incompetents at Wiley.
I really like this book. Yeah, there may be a couple spots that aren't exactly perfect, and I agree that for the cost of this book they could have sprung for colored pictures, but I don't think any of that takes away from the rest of the wonderful aspects of this book. It is split up nicely into 8 "mini-books." The table of contents was done nicely as well. I can definitely see myself coming back to this book simply as a reference. You forget what a symbol was on an electrical drawing? Just review the table of contents to find out which page standard electrical symbols are on, check it out, and keep going with what you were doing.
Like most "for Dummies" books, this is presented in a very down to earth, layman's terms format. The analogies the author uses are very helpful when trying to mentally picture certain concepts. Within the first 100 pages your understanding of the generic term "electricity" or "electronics" will grow immeasurably.
The author also frequently name drops Radio Shack for components and other materials, which I don't personally have a gripe with considering that having part numbers for folks to be able to write down, bring to their local shop, and purchase for the projects in the book can be very handy for beginners. Not a con in my opinion.
Just as a note, and I'm sure this has probably been mentioned by others, if you don't already have ANY tools/components, then it could probably be a little spendy to get the basics needed for the projects contained within this book; consequently, if you're looking to start playing around with electronics, you're going to need to get that stuff anyway. As a note, I picked up the Mastech MS8268 digital multimeter right here at Amazon for about $30. Granted it's not going to be the industrial standard of something like a Fluke, but if you're just starting out, or you don't use multimeter daily for your job, it will fit the bill nicely. It even lights up the terminals you need to use based upon what you're trying to measure.
At the end of the day I am just thrilled what I got. Met and exceeded my expectations. I will recommend this book to any of my friends/family looking to get involved in such a fun hobby.

I will occasionally keep this review updated with critical error fixes I find throughout the book as I come across them.

Error Update 1:
The "Coin Toss" Project - Page 111: There are actually 2 errors on this page.
The first error is under step # 4 "Install the Resistors," where it lists which resistors to put in which PCB holes. The very first one is for the 1k Ohm resistor to be placed from strip 9 to strip 10. In fact it should be placed from strip 15 to strip 20, which can be confirmed by reviewing the completed image on page 112 or 120.
The second error is step # 6. The entire step can be ignored. It appears as though it is an accidental copy from the prototype build step # 2 on page 99.

Error Update 2:
Page 218: Project 2-1: Using a Current-Limiting Resistor: There is an error in the parts list. The lamp & lamp holder parts can be deleted, for what you actually need is a 5mm 1/4W LED.

Error Update 3:
Page 265 "Example" Paragraph - Line # 1: Replace "capacitance" with "inductance"
Page 265 "Example" Paragraph - Line # 4: Replace "farads" with "henrys"
Page 265 "Example" Paragraph - Line # 5: Replace "0.1 F" with 0.1 H"

Error Update 4:
Page 314: The completed project image shows 2 unused resistors in the bottom-left. These can be deleted/ignored.
Page 315, Step # 3: The 330 Ohm resistor is listed as being placed in hole J15, but it should actually be J16.
Page 315, Step # 4: The cathode (the shorter of the two leads) should go in hole J11, and the anode (the longer of the two leads) should go in hole J6.
Page 315, Step # 7: The entire paragraph about the BASIC stamp board can be ignored.