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Chapter 5 details every circuit artifact that I’ve encountered in the past 30 years in a thorough, pragmatic, and straightforward way. I will say that, having loved the style of the v2 pdf version, v3 seems to follow on in the same vein. At well over a thousand information-dense pages, though, that feels like an extraordinarily laborious way to get into a hobby that has next to no useful applications.

In my first or second quarter in Vocational Electronics, I visited a guy who was a 2nd year BSEE at another college. I haven’t worked with too many excellent analog or mechanical engineers, so my experience with analog design has always been “If you see someone solving an equation for anything other than RF, digital, or power, you’re in for a hassle”, and I never paid much attention to the more arcane stuff. Go for an easier one to start with, such as Practical Electronics for Inventors, book 4, and Learning the Art of Electronics then drift into this superb volume. Recent interests include high-voltage RF (to 15kV) and precision high-current electronics (to 6000A). At long last, here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics.

In the first paragraph of the book’s preface, the authors give the basic picture: the “x” is for eXtra, meaning that the material in this book was originally slated to be part of the AoE3, but simply didn’t fit — that book is 1250 pages as it stands.

It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design, and is in fact so popular that it has been counterfeited - so beware if purchasing from a third party via an online retailer, as you may receive a very inferior physical product. The preface is explicit about this; the linear structure of previous AoE books has been replaced with very modular sections on specific topics. Faced with “make one India can afford” or “leave the entire market to the pirates” for a big-name title, it’s usually an obvious choice for the publishers. I especially like the comments about interpreting specifications and the deconstruction of the Agilent voltmeters is just, well, wonderful.

Here, you’ll find a discussion of simple diode- and MOSFET-based reverse battery protection circuits, lithium-ion battery circuit safety, implementing foldback current limiting, controlling DC motors with PWM, high-side current sensing, and various other topics in power electronics design. The Art of Electronics, by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, is a popular electronics design reference textbook dealing with analog and digital electronics.

If you want to know all the authors have to say about the 2N3904 transistor, for instance, the index will point you to the twenty-two places in the book that it’s mentioned. I believe the strength of this book stems from the authors' background in physics … The key being that electronics is not their primary interest. Hopefully, though, you’ve got enough of the flavor of the book to know if it warrants a further look. Think of The x-Chapters as the missing pieces of The Art of Electronics, to be used either as its complement, or as a direct route to exploring some of the most exciting and oft-overlooked topics in advanced electronic engineering. This is great if you’re an even somewhat experienced designer looking for some from-the-trenches experience on a specific topic, but maybe less useful for the beginner — more about that later.

The way the data is presented allows the reader to get terrific perspective on a lot of landscape in a single view. However, if you’ve used any of the three editions of The Art of Electronics with success, I’d recommend the x-Chapters without hesitation. Engineers, hackers and makers of all stripes, rejoice for the third edition … has been worth the wait! My only ‘twinge’ is that it discloses and explains (in glorious graphical detail and with real part numbers) many topics that I thought were my personal trade secrets.

If you are a non-technical person trying to learn from scratch, this will be a tough textbook, but it is do-able with a little dedication. Winfield Hill has held positions at numerous organisations, including Harvard University's Electronic Design Center and Sea Data Corporation. In contrast, The Art of Electronics contains tables, equations, diagrams, and other material practitioners use for reference. They also cover some unusual capacitive-feedback op-amp circuits, logarithmic amplifiers, and driving capacitive loads, among other short topics.

When I was taking EE at university and resenting all the calculus they were stuffing down our throats, and wondering when all the good stuff would come … I was shocked and more than a little angry when i discovered that the Physics majors had this one electronics course where they got all the useful, applicable information in one term. It would have saved me quite some friction had I gotten this book from the beginning of my electronics learning journey. I would personally say that this is not a complete beginners book, because there's a lot of information.

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