The Art of Electronics - third Edition

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The Art of Electronics - third Edition

The Art of Electronics - third Edition

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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.

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The Art of Electronics brilliantly conveys its authors' enthusiasm and experience of practical engineering and is an inspiring read. 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.

Horowitz and Hill's third edition beautifully upgrades their earlier work, with substantial updates to detail, and without compromise to style, content, or technical quality. There’s an expanded discussion of feedback stability, a detailed treatment of transresistance amplifiers, such as for photodiodes, coverage of unity-gain buffers and their uses, and two chapters on high-speed op-amps: one on the voltage-feedback variety, and a second for current-feedback types. I especially like the comments about interpreting specifications and the deconstruction of the Agilent voltmeters is just, well, wonderful. A company I worked for had occasional trouble with the distortion of a production audio amplifier, and Bob’s discussion of “Anti-snivet resistors” would have given us the solution we needed sooner.This is a tremendous idea for a book like this, which contains all sorts of information you may not find in datasheets.

Horowitz and Sanni have a well-designed reputation for putting out a well-written easy read, which in the electronic engineering field is no small feat. I studied Electronics at University and worked for several years in design before moving to computer systems. The only logical thing I can think of is that you can determine the characteristics and manipulate the circuitry much easier with discrete parts based on the data sheets. With its lively tone and informal style, the book has enabled people from many backgrounds to design and implement electronic circuits. Literally the worst introduction to transistors I have ever seen, for the past few hours I have been trying to find something worst and it seems impossible.

In addition to having examples of effective practices in circuit design, the book also demonstrates and explains common pitfalls in circuit design. 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.

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. They also cover some unusual capacitive-feedback op-amp circuits, logarithmic amplifiers, and driving capacitive loads, among other short topics.As an example, the book devotes a section of a few pages to tunnel diodes, an esoteric subject with largely nostalgic interest for the authors. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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