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Electronics is once again a popular topic. Today, students, hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts, artists, and engineers are pushing the limits by making all sorts of cool devices. But when you want to learn about a particular electronic component, where do you go? To the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, Volume 1. This handy full-color reference guide provides everything you need to know: how a component works, its typical uses, and how you can use it in your project. Forget the manufacturer's datasheets and turn to a source that offers accessible information and straightforward advice you can use. Learn about hundreds of popular components, including power sources, switches, transceivers, and sensors Get detailed photos that go beyond the sketches found in typical datasheets Know what to avoid so you don't trash the component or your project
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Charles Platt became interested in computers when he acquired an Ohio Scientific C4P in 1979. After writing and selling software by mail order, he taught classes in BASIC programming, MS-DOS, and subsequently Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. He wrote five computer books during the 1980s. He has also written science fiction novels such as The Silicon Man (published originally by Wired books) and Protektor (from Avon Books). He stopped writing science fiction when he started contributing to Wired magazine in 1993, and became one of its three senior writers a couple of years later. Charles began contributing to Make magazine in its third issue and is currently a contributing editor. Make: Electronics is his first book for Make Books. Currently he is designing and building prototypes of medical equipment in his workshop in a northern Arizona wilderness area.

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