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Dale H. Litwhiler - associate professor of engineering, Penn State Berks

Book Title: The Art of Electronics

Author: Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill

Book Description:

The Art of Electronics does not fit the usual classification of a textbook or a handbook although it can be used for both. It is also a reference for electronics that can be read like a collection of short stories. Each "story" is a chapter dedicated to a particular area of electronics. The information contained in each chapter is drawn from the authors' vast experience with all aspects of electronics, from batteries to radio communication circuits. The theory of operation of many common electronic devices can also be found in the chapters.

It is the depth of coverage together with the ease of reading that sets this book apart from others in the field. I was introduced to The Art of Electronics by my wife when she was working as a physicist at Bell Laboratories in the early 1990s. She discovered the book when looking for a source of electronic circuit information written for non-electrical engineers. As I began to examine various chapters of the book I found that it also contained a great deal of information for those who are electrical engineers. I have referred to this book hundreds of times in my career as a professional engineer and educator.

I have recommended The Art of Electronics to countless colleagues in industry and academia and, more recently, to several of my undergraduate classes. Although it has been many years since the latest edition was published, the electronic design philosophies and techniques presented in The Art of Electronics are still applicable and useful for neophyte and seasoned engineers and scientists.


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