In Search Of An Intermediate Electronics Books

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by sandraos, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. sandraos

    Thread Starter Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Recently I've become interested in electronics as a hobby. I made room in the garage for a workbench, bought the necessary tools, and components.
    I read the following books: [links are to]
    Electronics for Dummies McComb & Boysen
    Electronic Projects For Dummies Boysen & Muir
    Teach Yourself Electricity And Electronics Gibilisco
    Digital Electronics Demystified Predko
    The 8051/8052 Microcontroller Steiner
    C And The 8051 Schultz

    Somehow I feel like I have reached a plateau. Most books are either too elementary or too advanced. That goes for projects online as well. (If I see one more flashing LED I'm going to break my breadboard).

    Could someone guide me towards the next step? I love books with practical examples and full schematics. I'm interested in microcontrollers and robotics. Specifically the 8051 and its derivatives. I have been developing software since the mid 80's. The programming part is not a problem.

    Thank you for your help

    Senior Member

    May 26, 2009
    I wouldn't recommend reading "Digital Electronics Demystified" because it isn't all that easy. You should buy a ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook, they have them on amazon and they explain quite a bit of electronics including RF.
  3. studiot

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 9, 2007
  4. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    The Forrest Mimms hands on books tend towards beginners, but if you take the time to truely understand a circuit even the simpliest has something to teach. Better yet, take the time to help real beginners, if you want to learn, teach. That and nothing beats hands on, stuff will jump up and surprise you.

    I've been surprised how much I've picked up on something as simple as a 555 since I've been to this site and started writing my tutorials. I've found I'm finally not having to buy as many parts nowdays, the bin is full, and if I can think it I can make it.
  5. loosewire

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    Wikapedia,they have Information on any term you can think
    of,a lot grafts and pictures.History of subjects.
  6. KL7AJ

    Senior Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    I second the ARRL Handbook. Also "The Art of Electronics" if you can afford it.

  7. Dave

    Retired Moderator

    Nov 17, 2003
    Art is great even if a little dated nowadays. I wonder if they ever will get round to publishing the much anticipated 3rd edition.

    I'll second the Forrest Mimms books, as many here on AAC will. Forrest has also been known to post here on AAC too.

  8. eblc1388

    Senior Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    I'll second that. A great book worth every penny.

    Next time when one is in a book store or library, try flipping through a few pages to see for yourself.

    I especially loved the feature of "bad circuit design" shown in the book.
  9. StayatHomeElectronics

    Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Do you have any projects that you are currently working on? If you guide your reading to help you get a specific task completed you may find yourself learning a great deal more than you may imagine.

    For example, since you have an interest in robotics, try motor control circuitry... you will not only learn about motors or servos but also about interfacing with a microcontroller, transistors, pulse width modulation, power dissipation, ...

    There is plenty of material, and people, out there to help you. If you start to build something and are having trouble, post you schematic here and people will try to help you out.