Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Newnes; 3 edition (September 9, 2011)
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If Horowitz and Hill have got your perplexed [ISBN: 0521370957], you need to read Ashby first. Without a firm grasp of the fundamentals delved by Ashby, a reader could be very lost. This is a book you can read BEFORE an electronics course, to guide you through what could be a confusing maze. This book is not focused on design, but on a faster way to understand fundamentals in electronics by developing intuition and removing as much math jumble as possible. Included are chapters for dealing with EE management and other EE related companies.This book is also exceedingly helpful for those in a non-Engineering track electronics courses, who maybe overwhelmed by the depth and audacity of a non-Engineering text like Horowitz and Hill.Here are its key points:ProsVery easy to read, user friendly;Easy to comprehend;Key concepts summed as rules of thumb on a side bar [ I use all regularly since I graduated in 1980 to this very day];Superb editing, I noticed but one typo p. 166 "Let'ss";Helps EE students focus on the essentials of key fundamental component function;Broad audience, applicable to the technician level versus EE;Touchy feely chapter works in many fields beyond EE;Helpful tidbits in the EMI chapter were superb!ConsNot enough material to get a design together, some assumption one has tried design and knows some in-outs;Need examples of a "putting it all together" using rules in sample design problems;No surface mount tips for a book written for the 21st Century EE?No catalog of manufacturers for construction?No tips on free samples?No tips on free evaluation boards?
NOTE; This review was for the second printing. The third printing has fixed about half the errors, and deleted some of the others, but there are still many there, as I just thumbed through the sample pages to check. The (-t/tau) formulas have been removed, and the 1/Rt corrected. The bad formulas for 3 resistors/inductors in parallel are still there, along with the defective Thevinized circuit, explained below.I actually can't believe this book made it to a second printing. Many of the engineering formulas are incorrect. In Chapter 2, I counted no less than 8 incorrectly stated equations; if you aren't familiar with electronics already, you wouldn't notice the mistakes, but heaven help you if you tried to design anything using the bad equations. In Equation 2.4, the exponent is supposed to be (-t/tau) and is shown instead as (-tau/rc), and then the text defines RC = tau. It just doesn't work. In equation 2.12, the author tries to explain the calculation for 3 resistors in parallel as calculating 2 resistors in parallel, and then redoing the calculation to add in the third resistor. This is wrong, too, and fairly easy to prove it's wrong just by sticking in 3 different values and calculating them with R1 and R2 first, then adding in R3, and then doing R2 and R3 first, followed by R1. Then, in the footnotes, a variation of the formula (Rt = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3) is shown, though the first term should be 1/Rt. This will also give you bad results. Don't believe me? Try plugging actual values into the supposedly equivalent equations. He duplicates all these errors in the formulas for parallel/series capacitance and inductance, even in the footnotes.
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