The Art of Electronics


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"I've hunted high and low for good electronics textbooks. This one is the best, bar none. No extraneous math, lots of insider's information ... and a huge range of topics covered clearly and thoroughly. So well written that I've had difficulty putting it down!" -- CoEvolution Quarterly

"Far and away the finest book on the subject of electronics ... in the last decade. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone whose research or experiments require some electronics." -- Optical Engineering

"I believe I have found the best self-teaching and reference book in electronics, after an arduous 10-year search!... The beauty and fun of electronics shows through." -- Radio Communication

"This book is filled with a tremendous diversity of valuable information. More importantly, this book is a joy to read.... It's not at all like studying - it's too much fun." -- EDN (News Edition).

"This is a delightful book ... an excellent teaching text as well as a lab reference. The circuits actually work, the schematics are readable, and there is even a section on how to draw good schematics. I recently observed a graduate student in physics unfamiliar with op-amps start to build a haywired mess of a circuit. He then took home The Art of Electronics for one night, and the next day the mess was taken apart, to be replaced by a correctly designed working circuit." -- Review of Scientific Instruments

"Full of clever circuits and sharp insights, but with a surprising minimum of mathematics.... This scheme of making maximum use of the insights of simple approximations described in words, and introducing more formal design only after understanding has gained real headway, is the pedagogical core of this original treatment.... The depth is genuine, as is the richness of examples, data and apt tricks." -- Scientific American

"The 'bottom line' question is, 'If I were to have only one set of electronic books, are these [text and student manual] the ones I should buy?'. The answer must be a resounding 'Yes!'" -- The Observatory

"This second edition of The Art of Electronics has clearly been worth the wait. The comprehensive and detailed treatment, and the up-to-date table of data, assure that this edition will rapidly replace the first as the standard electronics text and reference in the physics lab." -- American Journal of Physics

"Horowitz and Hill has long been established among students and teachers (and many practising engineers) as the standard reference book... For many it is the first port of call whenever faced with a seemingly intractable problem. The standard riposte when a tricky electronics puzzle is posed is, 'Have you looked in Horowitz and Hill?'. This second volume carries on une grande tradition... It is, without doubt, the book for the practical engineer. No cerebral theorizing here, no long sections of abstruse mathematical derivations; just page after page of solid empirical engineering. It is also light hearted and anecdotal, with some wonderful pages of bad circuit 'howlers' that the authors have encountered." -- IJEEE

"For more than a month after I purchased The Art of Electronics it rarely left my side. I felt like I had found a rare gem. ...One of my favorite chapters is Electronic Construction Techniques. The authors' vast experience building prototype instrumentation is evident. They are graduates of the school of hard-knocks when it comes to building one-of-a-kinds, and designing gear to be produced in small volumes. The chapter covers various prototype wiring techniques, PC board design, instrument construction, even where to get components. What I like most about the chapter is the nuts-n-bolts recommendations -- when does wire-wrapping a prototype make sense, when (or when not) to use a socket for a component, should you use a backplane inside your instrument, what's the best way to do front-panel switching, and much more. ...In case you haven't got the idea yet -- I really like this book. So go check it out -- I promise you won't be sorry." -- The Robotics Practitioner


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