I'm a 70 yo self-taught electronics tech who has retired from the business, having worked for HP, TRW, IBM, SONY... you get the idea. Years ago when I was working at a CB radio shop having just started a job installing car radios I picked up a copy of this book at a used book store for $5. Over the next 3 weeks I read it through, and then reread various parts over and over as I needed reminding over the years. I ultimately retired from the electronics biz as a senior R&D tech with 20 years of tech work under my belt working on everything from hard-drives, to self-driving army tanks, to radio gear, to power supplies, to spy satellites, to audiophile amps and speakers.
That $5 book was my fundamental electronics education, and I never heard a single complaint about my skill level from the engineers whose problems I solved and whose butts I saved. Horowitz and Hill's The Art of Electronics is the technician's Bible, and was the best $5 I ever spent.
It would be better to state what prior knowledge you require before you read this book. For example do you need to know what transistor is before you read this book. Do you need to have enough background in circuit analysis before you read this book.
It is always a good idea to just pick up say a chapter, zoom in , show the writing. So people can look at it and say yes the information does not require any perquisites.
Yes you mentioned math knowledge here. That is good. I suggest show a simple book in math people can read alongside so they won't be Intimidated by math. Yes I know it takes a longer length video.
Thanks for help you provided. I an grateful
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The keyboard you have is the absolute Best! I have the same
une édition française pourrais exister ? merci
Do you know if it exist a good book about BLDC Electronic Speed controller ? For 12V motor. Because, in most of the book, i can't find a single electrical diagram showing how a "perfect" BLDC ESC is made. I don't know where to look for. And most of them, the sequence is paced by an arduino who do step by step the stuff to make the motor turning. There is not a single automatic logical sketch in the wild. I'm really interested by this stuff.
Everytime i look for something, i fall in a 400V brushless motor speed controller. It's not really what i'm looking for.
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Good day, thank you for your review video it was very good. There is an associated laboratory manual that provides experiments supporting the theory in the main book. This combination of books was ehat we used at the National Radio Institute. Again thank you, Danny KI6VBC
Math guy here looking to improve my tinkering skills while knowing whats going on....thank you for the review!
Thanks for the review and very helpful that you included you background for context.
Hey Dave, just wanted to point out that Sedra/Smith does go into the basics of op-amps. It starts in Chapter 2 (in the textbook I have). You were going over Chapter 13, which dives deeper into op-amps, granted that the person reading has already reviewed Chapter 2. I think they start out much better than the other textbooks with the ideal op-amp, what happens when you add feedback, inverting/non-inverting amps, very similar to how you described it in your op-amp basics video.
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The video host Dave said Sedra and smith is bad as it contains lot of math. I think it is really easy book with lot of "tools". It is easy for any person who has done some math in linear algebra and ODE's and differentiation and integration. The tools above are mini circuits which can be connected to form bigger circuits. The book teaches you how to build circuits, amplifiers in this way. I had been reading this book and it seems fairly easy. Some design problems take time as you need to be inventive in making circuits. The video host seems to come to conclusions quickly. For somebody who has completed Electronics/Electrical engineering degree twenty or thirty years ago, it may seem hard at first but if you re-aquaint yourself with engineering circuit analysis with books like Hayt, kemmerly Durbin and phillips and a Engineering math book like Kreyszing and a signals and systems book, the Sedra and Smith book is easy and also fun. The same might be said about Boylestad or others. This is my sincere review of the Sedra and smith book.
Boylestad combined with Floyd is the biz. Boylestad Electricity covers all the mess analysis and theorms, brilliantly.
Boylestad Electricity, great book as well.
Floyd Digital fundementals is simply awesome.
The problem with scientists and mathematicians is that they cannot communicate with people even on literature. Floyd and Stroud are two authors that could communicate to the reader.
The best starter book for Electronics has to be Floyd Electronic Devices.
This is true, many consider stroud mathematics the best book for covered engineering mathematics while others hate it's approach in that they feel it's tuturing the student to blindly follow it's script which in turn stops the student thinking for themselves. These people believe that Kreyszig advanced mathematics is a better approach and the argument continues. So get both I guess!!
I sware by" the bible". I have the book, workbook and x-chapters. I saw your channel in one of them books (I think the X-chapters). But I do have others. On beginners, electronics started in secondary school for me (well it was called physics - real physics)
Do you need an advanced Mathematics to do practical electronics?
Ugh, I still have nightmares about Boylestad book, a terrible book to learn electronics. Pretty boring too. The lack of formality, and also the use (or abuse) of long paragraphs to explain things that can be explained with few sentences. The spanish edition was used in "Electronics I" course I took back in 2012. It was even worst in spanish, a translation so horrible that didn't have any sense. I was relief when I found Microelectronics by Neamen, which help me to understand basic electronics. Years later, I found Floyd , Malvino and Razavi, which I liked and sometimes like to revise.
Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronic by Stan Gibilisco
Practical Electronics for Inventors by S&M
Your selections start at too high a level. The above could be used by a smart 7th grader.
To learn Op Amps, just watch Dave's Video!
Hi Dave, thanks for the reviews. I got the Electronic Devices book and it's great. However the one month free trial for the software has expired. Could you recommend a good free spice program? Multisim seems very expensive. Or if you have a cheap recommendation. thanks!
Dave, thanks for your "Electronics Textbook Shootout." It helps me understand how others might see things. I'm a recently retired professor of electrical engineering and also worked in the electronics industry designing NMOS chips (this was the early 1980's when CMOS was not yet dominant) for a well known company that, "started up in a garage." When I was a student myself Sedra and Smith's book did not yet exist and the TTL 7400 type logic BJT stuff) was state-of-the art. When I started teaching, Sedra and Smith is the book I gravitated to because it was rigorous and included things that I had to deal with industry. For a rigorous and robust presentation, IMHO Sedra and Smith stands out with margin from the other books. I'd also like to point out that Sedra and Smith has a "FETs first" approach to semiconductor theory. This seemed weird to me when they first introduced it (at about 5th edition) because I had been taught "BJTs first" when I was a student. But the more I used Sedra and Smith, the more I appreciated that "FETs first" is what is happening in industry and more directly covered the types of work I did in industry. I now think it is a superior way to teach students. Well, that's just my two bits. But I see your point about the graphics, especially the good graphics in Floyd's book. Sedra and Smith could do better there for sure.
I greatly appreciate your videos. Keep 'em coming!
Very Useful video. Thankyou so much. I am so grateful.
I like this video.
I like this video keep going greeting from Morocco*°^)/
Write us a textbook.
Be careful! Current Malvino edition are used in colleges and cone with s hefty price tag of around US$150! Nothing wrong with the 8th edition circa 1980s that can be found fir $15 on eBay.
A photo of a guy on the moon in the background. Do you really think they landed on the moon?
This video is fine. This book looks pretty dense for beginners.
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Vedio is nice. Camera should have focused on the book. Thank you so much. ..Sir
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I think the reviewer is German ...i can tell from his accent. munchen?
Have you had a chance to review the companion, Student manual that accompanies this book? I'm wondering if the Student Manual can be used alone without the f***ing "Mother' book.
it appears your reviews are not for everyone. They do take some time to watch, but I appreciate the candid and thorough reviews.
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It's more difficult to listen to that, than reading the book...
This guy is amazing
"Just get the fucking book!"...nuff said :D
Rubidium Crystal high stability oscillators were used to create the analogue ctv video signal. Fun fact for you.
Fun read but doesn't go down to device at atomic level. When you find out the direction of electric field within the depletion layer of a pn junction it may surprise you. Argued at length about it with my physics tutor but he had the red ink pen lol.
What an amazing chance to go through all those details in such relaxed and informal interview. Thanks!
I wish I could go on one of his courses, I have his book obviously but wouldn't it be nice to hear the original flair
Great interview of one of my heroes! Many thanks to you both!
I just finished your wonderful AofE X-Chapters book. It is like a detailed history document of my 45 year EE career!
Get the latest (3rd) edition of AofE. It's a text book for circuit design, plus a reference for many things you may need in the future. Then get the other AofE books if you want more.
Such an engaging talk. I kept my original (black) book and lab manual just to follow along the design principles. Just like so much in Knuth's "Art of computer Programming" is still relevant today, the "Art of Electronics" remains a standard.
Great to be able to watch this interview. It was very interesting and inspiring for me. Thanks a lot!
this book is amazing. wish I found this book during my electronic circuit analysis class
She reminds me of that lady from Steve jobs and Bill Gates interview
Paul, you are my legend!
I have the latest versions of the books. Can recommend.
1991, fresh computer science degree in hand, competent in database design, DSP, graphics algorithms and many other software things. Then I get my first job and through some miscommunication it turned out to be for microelectronics design. So after the first Monday on the job, I dug out my copy of Horowitz and Hill and faked it until I maked it. 30 years later I'm a principal engineer design circuits like I'm some sort of qualified person.
this is way cool !! really enjoyed it all!!
Very interesting how such an important book project started, it seems to cover several books I needed to have, so I should have get this electronics bible after starting electronics with an experimental kit from Philips which led me to become a service technician for consumer electronics (Radio, TV, Alarm) ...
BTW: german analogue television modulates the chrome signal also with alternating chrome-carrier-phase to compensate disturbed color effects over air transmission, thats why its called PAL= Phase Alternating Line.
My hat off, Mr Horowitz...
10:51 " some people don't like transistors " , I m like what , why??
What a legend
When the students' manual for 3rd edition is coming up??