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Rated books (5 stars is the highest)
Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists: Dustyn Roberts (McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics)
My favorite book on making practical mechanisms and machines
All About Circuits: Volume I – DC, Tony R. Kuphaldt, www.allaboutcircuits.com
Free online book about electronic circuits.
Getting Started in Electronics, Forrest M. Mims III, ISBN 0-945053-28-2
One of the all time favorite “Getting Started” books. Most of my students agree.
Forrest M. Mims Engineer’s Mini Notebooks
The best way to learn electronics is to build things, and the Forrest Mims mini-notebook series have been a favorite for generations. Each project is fun and incredibly simple, and each volume has many dozens of projects. Volume I is probably my all time favorite. A number of other Forrest M. Mims III notebooks and scrapbooks exist, and all are great for browsing and inspiration, with some overlap
Volume I: Timer, Op Amp, and Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects, Forrest M. Mims III
Volume II: Science and Communication Circuits & Projects, Forrest M. Mims III
Volume III: Electronic Sensor Circuits & Projects, Forrest M. Mims III
Volume IV: Electronic Formulas, Symbols & Circuits, Forrest M. Mims III
The Forrest Mims Engineer’s Notedbook
The Forrest Mims Circuit Scrapbook, Volumes I and II
Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking by Nicolas Collins
Another great introduction to electronics from the point of view of circuit bending, of modifying circuits to do something they weren’t designed for by experimentation. Irresistible, and very entertaining reading.
There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings (Clearwater Publishing) by Kenn Amdahl ISBN-10: 0962781592 ISBN-13: 978-0962781599
For many years I avoided this book because I thought it was a gimmick, but every time the question of “What book is best to learn electronics” comes up in my circle of friends, this is one of the top 3, so I finally read it and guess what, it’s incredible. If all the other books that claim to be non-technical fail for you, try this one. Or get this first.
Practical Electronic for Inventors (McGraw-Hill) by Paul Scherz, ISBN 0-07-058078-2
Excellent book that covers a huge range of electronics, from low level theory to high level practical circuits. Excellent explanations and very clear drawings. I plan to use this as my textbook for my intermediate classes next quarter.
Make: Electronics (O’Reilly) by Charles Platt, ISBN 978-0-596-15374-8
Really excellent introduction to electronics with extremely detailed diagrams and pictures. Project based, strongly encourages learning by doing. Anyone frustrated with having to read theory before they get to have fun should get this book. Anyone who has been discouraged by the other so-called “Electronics for Beginners” book should give this book a chance – it really is unlike the others.
The Art of Electronics (Cambridge University Press), by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, ISBN 0-521-37095-7
Although a little intimidating for beginners, this is in fact an excellent text for the beginner who wants to understand electronics a little more deeply. Mine is full of placeholders, and although it is over 1000 pages I always have it with me. No library or teacher should be without this.
The Elements of Style (Longman, 4th edition), by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, ISBN-10: 020530902X, ISBN-13: 978-0205309023
Writing clearly is important in all fields, but perhaps more so in the technical fields, where your point must be made clearly and unambiguously. I have found the simple guidelines in this slim book to be invaluable in shaping my writing.
Electric Motors and Mechanical devices for Hobbyists and Engineers: Bill Davies (WERD Technology, Inc.)
Mechanisms and Machines
Machines: Janice VanCleave (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
A Guide to the Way Things Work: David MacAulay (Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.)
Amazing Machines (Design Challenge): Keith Good (Evans Brothers Limited)
Making Mechanical Marvels In Wood, Raymond Levy
Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Holiday Displays: Edwin Wise (Prompt Publications)
Gravikords, Whirlies, and Pyrophones: Experimental Musical Instruments, Bart Hopkin, (Ellipsis Arts …)
Plants, Animals, People, Machines: Alan Rath (Smart Art Press)
Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster: Programming Mayhem with Processing and Arduino: Bryce Bigger (TAB/ McGraw-Hill)
Arduino Adventures: Escape from Gemini Station: James Floyd Kelly and Harold Timmis
Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects, John Boxall
Arduino For Dummies, John Nussey
Arduino Projects For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)), Brock Craft
Lancaster’s Active Filter Cookbook: Don Lancaster (Butterworth-Heinemann)
TTL Cookbook: Don Lancaster (Macmillan, May 1974). Paperback
CMOS Cookbook, 2nd rev.: Don Lancaster (Butterworth-Heinemann). The Art of Linear Electronics: John Linsley Hood, 2nd edition (Newnes)
Valve and Transistor Audio Amplifiers: John Linsley Hood (Newnes)
IC Op-Amp Cookbook, third ed: Walter G. Jung (Sams)
Electronics All-in-One For Dummies, Doug Lowe
Physical Metallurgy and Advanced Material: R. E. Smallman, A.H.W. Ngan (Butterworth-Heinemann)
Practical Robotics: Bill Davies (Werd Technology, Incorporated) ISBN:096818300X
Raspberry Pi User Guide, Gareth Halfacree
Raspberry Pi For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)), Sean McManus
Raspberry Pi Projects, A Robinson
3D Printing For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)), Kalani Kirk Hausman
Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, Hod Lipson
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