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Balgair · 2020-04-12 · Original thread
The super basics are here:

You'll first have to become 'fluent' in EE, but for a physicist, it's just spending the time and getting used to things. Not terrible, long, but straightforward.

As towards what the article is talking about, you need to be trained in it. Honestly, you have to apprentice with the Greybeards (they are mostly men, but not always). There are other ways, like reading through Intel docs or the manuals for ICs or digging through forum posts from 2003. But those guys in the basement with funny newspaper clippings from the 80s or old xkcd printouts are a much better return on your time. They have tons of knowledge about specific chips and machines, stuff that is nearly impossible to recite unless prompted. You just got to spend long lunches blabbering with them, despite their strange political and societal views. Just listen to them, then write down every little thing they said. They are gold in terms of hardware.

Anon84 · 2019-12-12 · Original thread
Horowitz's "The Art of Electronics" is excellent: I spent many a fun afternoon with it back in the day.
olooney · 2018-10-01 · Original thread
That's interesting. We used Horowitz and Hill as an undergrad and although I didn't continue on the EE track I was under the impression it was the "standard" textbook for introductory electronics. It may be more elementary than the ones you mention. Any thoughts on that text?

alister · 2018-08-01 · Original thread
> But fiction is harder

That's too general a statement. You're certainly correct that a engaging consistent story with good characters is much harder than, say, the average cookbook or travel guide.

But many textbooks in science and math seem like absolutely Herculean effort. Surely, Gravitation[1] by Misner, Thorne, & Wheeler or The Art of Electronics[2] by Horowitz & Hill (both non-fiction) are equivalent in intellectual effort to all ~5000 Harlequin Romances (fiction) put together.



0xf8 · 2018-04-06 · Original thread
I much prefer reading to videos. My suggested online resource:

Print: The Art of Electronics

smoyer · 2017-11-16 · Original thread
This is awesome and great as a short-form resource. For years, my long-form (non-concise?) go-to book has been "The Art of Electronics" [0] by Paul Horowitz (and others depending on the edition). It has everything you need in a single reference book!


syedkarim · 2017-09-24 · Original thread
The Art of Electronics, 3rd Edition, by Paul Horowitz

sitkack · 2017-03-26 · Original thread
Huge warning on their homepage now, I saved $20 and got a totally poop copy.

Amazon even shows that I purchased this version, for this price, but mine was sloppy copy.

hvs · 2016-10-22 · Original thread
I would say this is true of a lot of non-technical, popular non-fiction. I would consider "The Art of Electronics" [1] one of the greatest pieces of non-fiction in the English language, but that sucker's dense.


svens_ · 2016-08-11 · Original thread
Unfortunately there aren't as many good electronics resources online as you can find for software.

"Lessons in Electric Circuits" by Tony R. Kuphaldt is a pretty good introduction to the basics, you can find an improved version online:

The most popular book is probably "The Art of Electronics", it's pricey but well worth it if you're serious:

Check the usual suspects for communities, e.g. Reddit (/r/electronics, /r/AskElectronics) and StackExchange.

tankgrrl · 2015-01-29 · Original thread
Just FYI, in case it's not well-known, there's now an electronic version of the 2nd edition for Kindle. It's page-scanned (something Amazon used to be picky about because of file size), so the figures are nice and crisp.

tlrobinson · 2015-01-28 · Original thread
FYI Amazon appears to have it for $12 less, including shipping:
wal5hy · 2010-02-07 · Original thread
Having finished a degree in Electronics I would recommend the following two books:

* Engineering Maths by K. Stroud to my mind there's no better maths book, very logical step by step approach to improving maths skills by building on previous knowledge

* The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hall this is often referred to as the bible of electronics and acts as a great reference book (there is a circuit chip designer in my workplace who came from a physics background and taught himself electronics with this book)

Anon84 · 2008-11-09 · Original thread
For me, electronics only started to make sense after this book:

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