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Recommendations for Practical Analog Electronics Books

Perhaps the easiest introductions to electronics that you can find is the free e-book Lessons In Electric Circuits (allaboutcircuits) by Kuphaldt. It assumes no prior knowledge of electronics, physics or mathematics and explains everything in a very gentle way.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are new to electronics and you want to build your own circuits (or modify or just take measurements in circuits that others have built), you should first familiarize yourself with the basic safety measures. A very good introduction to such measures is the chapter Electrical Safety in Kuphaldt's book. I strongly recommend that you study it very carefully before you start working.

If you prefer videos, you can find a nice introduction to electronics in the Video Lectures by Fiegenbaum. It stays at a more elementary level than Kuphaldt's Lessons.

Some of the Electronics Tutorial Videos by Afrotech are mainly for the hobbyist. But the Test Equipment Tutorials should be watched by everbody who is starting to learn about electronics.

If you already have some experience in electronics, the very gentle introduction that is given in Lessons in Electric Circuits may appear too slow and verbose to you. In this case you could have a look at the electronics section of Hyperphysics by Nave.

An interesting page is Williamson Labs by Glen Williamson. He illustrates his explanations with animated diagrams.

A very readable book is Practical Electronics for Inventors by Scherz. It will give you a nice overview about electronics. With the exception of one chapter, the book contains little theory and even less mathematics. It relies on very intuitive explanations instead.

If you already know about electronics, and you want some suggestions for interesting experiments with a good explanation of the underlying principles, take a look at the site Electronics Experiments by Calvert.

A more advanced book is The Art of Electronics (3rd edition) by Horowitz and Hill. Like the other books that I recommend on this page, it teaches you electronics with a minimum amount of mathematics. But that does not mean it is an easy book, on the contrary. However, if you are really serious about learning electronics and you are willing to put some effort in, this is probably the best book you can find. If you have mastered its content, you will be able to design electronic circuits of high quality. A lot of electronics engineers and physicists love it.

The late Bob Pease was the editor of Analog Circuits World Class Designs. I would not really call most of the chapters "World Class Designs", but they provide a good mix of some theory and a lot of practical advice, if you already know about analog electronics.

From Analog Devices you can get the Basic Linear Design notes by Zumbahlen for free. The title Basic Linear Design is bit misleading, because there is not so much Basic about it. It assumes that you already have a good knowledge about electronics. It contains a lot of detailed information that will help you to design better circuits. If you find Zumbahlens design notes useful, you may also be interested in the other excellent Analog Devices seminar notes.

If you have a good theoretical knowledge about electronics, but little practical experience and you want to learn how to design real world circuits that are ready for production, then have a look at The Circuit Designer's Companion by Tim Williams.

Another very good advanced book that tries to bridge the gap between theory and practice is ANALOG SEEKrets by Leslie Green. The best thing is that you can get it for free !

When you try to actually build your own circuits, you will most probably be very interested in some troubleshooting resources too.

If you are serious about designing electronic circuits, it might be a good idea to learn not only about the practical aspects, but also to learn some theory too. A good place to start is basic linear circuit analysis. This might appear to be a little boring, but once you have mastered it, the fun really starts when you learn about the theory of analysis and design of electronic circuits.

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