enl 227 Posted April 10, 2015 Share Posted April 10, 2015 There was a tremendous thump on my porch. The cat spun out hard, regained traction, and headed for under the couch. I opened the door to see the postman walking away and a large box sitting there. I opened it. A gold colored book. The third. has arrived. The cat reappeared, tail fur puffed out more than I have ever seen, sniffed the book, and promptly began dismemberment of the box. Then began the odyssey: reading the thing I have only done a partial look through at this time. It will take time. There are a LOT of changes. Much more a new book than a new edition, in many ways. Highlights: additional appendices and additions to the old ones. For example, a short intro to Spice. Nice for the students. It is correct, unlike many, many of the online tutorials. A short addition to the o'scope section for digital scopes. A decent (yes, this I read all of) chapter on microcontrollers. Not detail heavy. A good overview of use, architectures, some examples, a brief comparison guide. Pro: this now in the book. Con: not much to it. It is made up for by updates in the other digital electronics chapters. I will vote overall win, as WAY too broad an area, with too many options that change quickly, for much detail in a long-life, comprehensive text. New chapter on PLD's that looks good. Lots of updates to analog chapters. Missing is the section on construction techniques (unless it was blended into the main text somewhere). That was one of the parts I most often directed students to, as there really haven't been significant changes over the years. (protoboard, PC board, wire wrap, etc, though there have been changes in how frequently each is used with the dominance of surface mount components and easier PC board production compared to 20 years ago) Overall review/summary: it was worth the money to update. I have used 1st and 2nd ed.s since they came out as references for all of those things I don't use often, reference tables for part selection, and as references for students to look through. I would still recommend this to a student, in fact more than the outdated 2nd ed, with the caveat that this is NOT a barebones introduction to electricity. It has the target audience (advertising notwithstanding) of a student that has a basic understanding of DC circuits, math at the level of trig (or intro calculus), and basic physics concepts from an intro E&M course. chicken, Rickta59, abecedarian and 2 others 5 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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