What is the best book to start learning about electronics?

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Mooney117

Joined May 27, 2020
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I'm 15 and want to start learning electronics but I don't know what the best book is for beginners. I have read suggestions on other sites and there are 2 books that keep coming up. "The Art of Electronics" and "Practical Electronics for Inventors". What would be the best out of these two? Or if it's neither of these, what would be the best one?

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Marc Sugrue

Joined Jan 19, 2018
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Electronics - A First Course by Owen Bishop is a good introduction to electronics at a easy to understand level. Targeted at the beginner is varied and mixes descriptive text with very light mathmatics introducing the basic laws etc..

Start there and esculate to the Art later. Its a great book BUT not a place to start IMO
 

upand_at_them

Joined May 15, 2010
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"Mastering Electronics" by John Watson is pretty good. This has more depth than the following two...

"Starting Electronics" by Keith Brindley is good for real beginners, but you'll want something after it.

"Getting Started in Electronics" by Forrest Mims is a book that *many* kids have started with.
 

cmartinez

Joined Jan 17, 2007
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Forrest Mims is an excellent beginners electronics author that you should definitely look up. But here's a little advice: The best way to stay motivated is to actually build small circuits that increase in their level of complexity... one at a time. If that hooks you up, then you're in for a lifetime of never ending satisfying fun and constant learning that always leads to personal and professional satisfaction.

Stick around this place, there's plenty of qualified people that are willing to give you their valuable time to try and help you out.
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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Actually any book you pick up will get you started. The more questions you have the more answers you will find and that is the secret of success in electronics. The strongest foundation starts with the first brick. Welcome to AAC by the way,
 

bwilliams60

Joined Nov 18, 2012
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I am all in on Forrest Mims book. I still have an original copy from Radio Shack and it is old and yellow but I still pick it up every now and then and leaf through it. Very light reading.
Although there are some flaws in it, Electronics for Dummies is also a good light read to go through basics.
 
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nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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I'm 15 and want to start learning electronics but I don't know what the best book is for beginners. I have read suggestions on other sites and there are 2 books that keep coming up. "The Art of Electronics" and "Practical Electronics for Inventors". What would be the best out of these two? Or if it's neither of these, what would be the best one?

Thanks
My suggestion is to step back and start to learn about electrical science a bit before jumping directly into a technology like electronics. Most beginner electronics books to have a chapter on charge but not much more. The more you know about electricity as a physical process the easier understanding of electronics.

https://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/circuits/Lesson-2/Common-Misconceptions-Regarding-Electric-Circuits
http://amasci.com/miscon/elect.html
 
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