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Getting started in electronics – Forrest M. Mims

Getting started in electronics – Forrest M. Mims

Getting Started In Electronics
Here’s a good series of books that our Makers send in from time to time for learning electronics (got others you enjoy? post in the comments) –

Begin With the Basics – Learn about static electricity and how to make magnets and solenoids. Find out about direct current and alternating current. Then learn about electrical circuits that use batteries and lamps.

Basic Electronic Components – Find out how switches, relays, meters, resistor, capacitors, transformers are used.

Diodes and Transistors – These components are they key ingredients to modern electronic circuits. Find out what they do and how they work.

Integrated Circuits – From dozens to many thousands of electronic components can be formed on tiny chips of silicon.

Digital Integrated Circuits – Learn the basics about digital logic gates using switches and transformers.

Linear Integrated Circuits – Linear circuits respond to only the presence or absences of voltage. Linear circuits respond to a wide range of voltages giving them many applications.

Circuit Assembly Tips – Learn how to use electronic components to make temporary circuits and permanent circuits using wire and solder.

100 Electronic Circuits – Now you’re ready to build any or even all of the 100 tested and working circuits included in the book. The categories of circuits include basic, photonic, digital, and linear.

Getting started in electronics – Link.


  • Forrest Mims Engineer’s notebooks – Link.
  • Forrest’s site – Link.
  • Electronics @ MAKE – Link.

2 thoughts on “Getting started in electronics – Forrest M. Mims

  1. fstedie says:

    absolutely the best beginner’s book of all time for electronics. It is on its 30th printing or something like that. I used mine 20 yrs ago as an engineering student and learned more from it than from some of my textbooks!

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