While Make: Electronics minimizes the amount of theory that you need, it does show you how to figure out Ohm's Law and do the simple math to calculate the time constant of a capacitor.
A buying guide shows basic tools ranging from pliers to a low-cost multimeter. A simple “finger test” demonstrates how transistors switch or amplify current. You can solder wires, if you wish, to build a permanent circuit, although soldering is not necessary to build all the circuits in the book.
You'll see how to use integrated circuit chips to create a simple circuit that tests the speed of your reflexes. Other circuits include a combination lock for a computer or a game in which players compete to be the first to press a button.
All the basic concepts are demonstrated quickly and simply with affordable components. You'll discover resistance, capacitance, voltage, amperage, inductance, and the relationship between electricity and magnetism.
This book assumes that you have no prior knowledge. It explains each concept in meticulous detail and is friendly, patient, and fun. Positive reader feedback has been received from people ranging in age from 8 to 84. If you only buy one book about electronics, this should be it.
From the Author
When I was a teenager, I wanted to build circuits but didn't know how. I had to spend hours reading technical texts that were not written for hobbyists and were difficult to understand. Make Electronics is the book that I wish I'd been able to read back then.