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u/Obiwan_Salami · 28 pointsr/electronics

The Art of Electronics.

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Years ago I got my 2 year degree in electronics. Afterwards I ran across this book and it filled in ALOT of blanks with more layman explanations.

u/unusualHoon · 13 pointsr/AskElectronics

Personally, I think the best place for a lay-person to start getting a technical grasp of electronics is from the "Navy Electricity and
Electronics Training Series" (NEETS) modules. The modules don't always describe the electrical behavior in a rigorous physics/engineering based way, but instead, they provide more practical explanations and applications. The best part is that they are freely available here.

As a next step, the standard go-to book is The Art of Electronics, which while it is a little pricey, covers a greater breadth of topics at a greater depth.

edit: typo.

u/sheepson_apprentice · 12 pointsr/programming

Well, electronics is a huge field, and especially if you're going to get into software radio, basic fundamentals of amplifiers and modulation techniques is a must. Don't get discouraged though, internet is abound in information.

Here are some books that may help to start:

The Art of Electronics

Especially if you can get the used Cambridge Low Price Edition. Either way, it's a good book for fundamentals, a classic too.

This book is ok:

Communications Receivers

For general electronics knowledge, some undergrad EE textbooks are solid gold.

Here's one that's great:

Circuits, Devices and Systems

Edit:

Another excellent resource for folks dabbling in electronics are these free simulators:

Paul Falstad's Circuit Simulator

Hades

The above are great before one gets to dip into SPICE.

u/bob-a-log · 10 pointsr/DIY
u/thankyousir · 8 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Best online resource: All about circuits

Best Book: Art of Electronics

Best starting projects: Working with the basic stamp (though any other microcontroller kit would work just as well)

u/-Big_Test_Icicles- · 8 pointsr/engineering

The Art of Electronics, 2nd Edition. You can easily find free pdf versions of the book online just by typing "the art of electronics pdf" into google. Or you can purchase the book on sites like amazon for ~$100.

u/mantra · 8 pointsr/electronics

You have to "bootstrap" somewhere. At the VERY bottom is generally NOT a productive or practical way to do it. We used to have a joke in EE school: "If want a good laugh, ask a physicist to design a circuit for you". The reason it's funny is they'll start designing from quantum mechanics or Maxwell's equation as they usually don't ever learn all the tricks we have in EE to "short-circuit" the process.

Basically start with analog circuits (Ohm's law) for DC, advance to AC and then to circuits and systems. You can go deeper but at the start frankly most people will get wrapped around the axle and give up first.

Everything from Grand Unification up to your iPhone is built on approximate models with assumptions that are not strictly correct all of the time if ever. In electronics you have circuits bounded by Quantum Mechanics and Maxwell's Equations as "actual physics". You can't actually use these for 99% of anything practical so these are not the best starting points.

Instead you use approximate models like Lumped Equivalent Model (which is what resistors, capacitors and inductors are: that resistor in your hand - it's not real - just an approximation). But you don't really want to learn that up front.

However if you want a reference that goes into the physics of electronics I'd recommend The Physics of Information Technology. Not cheap so borrow it from a library first.

But ONLY use it when you get that itch to naively dig into the physics for a quick dip or overview or orientation. Otherwise use regular electrical engineering (EE) intro analog circuit textbooks or something like Horowitz' Art of Electronics

Unless you have a physics or engineering degree TPIT will still go straight over your head mostly (the author is an MIT professor and he relatively gentle by BSEE/BS Physics standards on the math but it's brutal if you haven't had several years of university math).

u/some1inmydictionary · 7 pointsr/modular

I started with circuit bending. I took a student-taught class as part of the Oberlin College ExCo, which is the Experimental College, where any student can teach a class for a single credit, provided they can demonstrate to a faculty panel that they have something to teach and a plan on how to teach it. That got me started on instrument building, and also on circuit design. I worked on that as a hobby for several years, until eventually I was friends with some people who were getting into Eurorack manufacturing: the 4MS crew, when they were still in Austin. Ralph and Dan encouraged me to move from bending (and breaking) toys into creating circuits, and gave me a few good starting tips (and copies of a few Forrest Mims books, which are absolutely invaluable). Another year or two after that, I was talking with Mickey, and he mentioned that he had the good problem that his modules were selling too fast, and he was bored of soldering, and wanted more time to design. I piped up quick. "I know how to solder! I'm very good at it." The second part was a lie. It's true now, though! Everything more advanced that I know about circuits I've learned from Mickey, the internet, and a bit more book learnin', especially from The Art of Electronics. I told the story of getting started on the pedal (which was my first commercial pedal) elsewhere in this thread.

The biggest hiccup was finding ROHS compliant vactrols! But we're cool on that now. Thanks, XVIVE!

u/TCoop · 6 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This book used to be/still is what people swear by.

This should NOT be the first book you buy and open, it is too intense to start with. However, it should be something you look at in your quest to understand it all.

u/DonFitzcarraldo · 6 pointsr/electronics

I haven't picked up a copy, but I've heard nothing but good things about The Art of Electronics. Apparently it's very design-oriented and light on the math rape.

Pretty expensive, but finding a pdf may be possible.

u/aedificatori · 6 pointsr/synthdiy

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

It's not synth-specific, but definitely get yourself a copy of Horowitz and Hill's textbook "The Art of Electronics". I've yet to meet a synth-head or electrician lacking one. This'll tell you all about op-amps, fundamental building blocks of filters, oscillators, and other complex elements, and even power electronics if you're interested in power supply design. (No exaggeration, it starts and Ohm's law and ends with complex filters, PLLs, and how to program your new discrete-digital computer in assembly.) Again, not synth-specific, but the book explores how all of these things may be used in application. This'll help you develop intuition to break down complex synth diagrams and how exponential converters work, for example.

u/Y0tsuya · 6 pointsr/electronics

Some people like this book: Art of Electronics

u/birdbrainlabs · 5 pointsr/AskElectronics
  1. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957
  2. https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/pcb-basics/all
  3. There are companies that will do all of this for you. If your idea is fundable, you can probably just hire a firm or in-source to an ECE to do this for you, and may be better than the 10k-ish hours you'll need to get decent at this.
  4. One strategy when pitching to investors is separate "looks like" and "works like" prototypes. You can demonstrate your (physical) vision for the product while still demonstrating that it's actually technically feasible.
u/pk386 · 4 pointsr/electronics

As an electronics engingeer, purchase a copy of "The art of electronics"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0521370957/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1321710457&sr=8-1

This book, although expensive, covers almost everything you would learn pursuing a degree in electrical or electronics engineering. Its a great bench reference book when you need it.

The trick is find an area of electronics that interest you. The Arduino is a great place to start.

u/doomride · 4 pointsr/science

For those that want a great physical book, i'm sure many will agree, The Art of Electronics is a must have.

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957/ref=pd_bbs_sr_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210174245&sr=8-5

if you look hard enough, you can find a pdf

u/Fremonster · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

this book was kinda like the engineering bible when I was in school. Explains things in an easy to understand manner:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1426750522&sr=8-2&keywords=the+art+of+electronics

u/ianbanks · 3 pointsr/electronics

You'll need to know basic analog electronics first, and then apply it to learning about logic gates. Otherwise you'll have trouble understanding things like totem poll versus open collector or open drain, why you need pull-up resistors, why there are limits to fan outs, and why unconnected CMOS inputs can make the chip cook.

The Art of Electronics will cover practically everything you need for your project including analog circuits, digital circuits, logic and even MCU's. I've yet to meet an electronics person that didn't have a copy. If your mathematics isn't strong you'll love it, and if your mathematics is strong it'll build your intuition.

u/StoneCypher · 3 pointsr/technology

> Lotfi Zadeh in his 1965 paper which I am looking at right now, specifically used the term 'binary fuzzy relations' and not 'boolean logic' to describe the reduction of full fuzzy logic to the two-value case.

Uh huh.

What a reasonable person would get from that is "he must be talking about something else."

What you got from that is "I just looked at one paper with a different title. That must mean you're talking about this other thing and you're wrong!"

Stop being stupid, please. Binary fuzzy relations and boolean fuzzy logic are different things.

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fiel2%2F1022%2F7759%2F00327527.pdf%3Farnumber%3D327527&authDecision=-203

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/979737741-43493136/content~db=all~content=a713811231

http://sciencelinks.jp/j-east/article/200117/000020011701A0530818.php

This is the part where you pretend that even though you found one paper with a different title and pretended that was evidence I was wrong, now that I've found three other much more modern papers involving that title, suddenly paper titles don't matter.

> to describe the reduction of full fuzzy logic to the two-value case.

That's not what boolean fuzzy logic is, though.

> Since he's the one defining the field

Maybe you didn't know this, but there are a lot of other people working in this field than the one guy you know about, and one paper from 1965 doesn't mean that in the 45 years since, nobody's come up with anything else.

> try not to lecture me about right and wrong.

Tu quoque, clown.

> And binary logic has been a term used in electrical engineering for a very long time for two-state logic.

No, it hasn't. EEs have to implement this difference at the chip level. Basically all CPUs support both bitwise and boolean logic at the instruction level.

You're just making shit up to sound correct. You cannot cite even one EE textbook making this mistake.

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

Page 61. So sorry. Maybe you can find an EE book making this mistake, since I just showed you arguably the canonical intro to EE text, and gave you the specific page number on which that book says you are not correct?

No, of course not. Because you don't actually own any EE books and don't have any way to check.

For all your talk of lectures about right and wrong, citations are brutal. Try one some time; you might be more effective as a result.

u/benpeoples · 3 pointsr/geek

This one isn't cheap, but: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279561376&sr=8-1

It's A to Z how analog and digital electronics work. It builds the knowledge intelligently, without skipping steps, and even gives you the math you need to engineer the circuit.

Edited to add: under $20 for a used comb-bound version. I retract my "not cheap" and change it to "not free"

u/tenderchicken · 3 pointsr/diyaudio

Save your money and get this. I think it's admirable that you're trying to learn electronics through building something, but just adding a random capacitor to an amp is going to do more harm than good. Caps can carry a charge too and can zap you if you're not careful. So please be careful and study a little before experimenting things which can cause you bodily harm. When you've learned a little bit, ditch the computer power supplies and build/buy a power supply specifically for audio applications. diyaudio.com specifically has a section for power supply design.

u/chemical-Bagel · 3 pointsr/engineering

Start reading here.

Pick a project, try it, break it, learn from it, then do it again.

Also, if you need a reference, The Art of Electronics is the bible of electronics.

u/rAxxt · 3 pointsr/AskEngineers

It is a good text; I think you can answer your own question just by looking at the table of contents, which you can find here:

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https://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

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These chapters describe the building blocks of basically any modern circuit - although you probably won't be able to assemble your own microprocessor from scratch by reading this text since that would require a lot of knowledge of CMOS production techniques.

u/fatangaboo · 3 pointsr/electronic_circuits

If you have ninety four dollars you can buy a copy of Horowitz and Hill's book THE ART OF ELECTRONICS which is a good introduction to electronic circuit design.

u/GDK_ATL · 3 pointsr/ElectricalEngineering

Get yourself a copy of The Art of Electronics: by Horowitz & Hill.

u/rrangel5 · 3 pointsr/ElectricalEngineering

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

That will help with electronic circuits. For basic passive networks, any book on linear electrical circuits would be ok.

u/pjfoster · 3 pointsr/askscience

The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill is one of the classic texts to learn electronics.

u/nolotusnotes · 3 pointsr/Skookum

Ah! I remember that.

There was a gold and a silver version. Striped lettering.

Found it:

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/CalPoly

The Art of Electronics
www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0521370957

u/ServaboFidem · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

Ahh... then, that being the case, if you're a novice with electronic theory, then I highly suggest this book: The Art of Electronics.

u/point_of_departure · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

If cost is a concern for your prototype, there's OSH Park. They pool and panel orders and make the boards at a place in Illinois I believe. I haven't used them yet, but will be placing an order in a couple days. For layout help, you might ask on the EE stack exchange site or the Sparkfun forum. Before laying out your board, be sure to set the design rules in your software to those from whichever fab you select. Here's a comparison of boards ordered from OSH Park and two other inexpensive options.

The Art of Electronics has a section on board layout, and there are a bunch of application note PDFs out there from semi companies:


u/spintron · 2 pointsr/ECE

It's best to learn by doing, but sometimes those kits don't cut it. Like others, I recommend toying with a breadboard, but I also think getting your hands on these books will also help. They're beginner's books, are easy to follow, and have some interesting circuits to play around with. Additionally, there is a tiny bit of theory in it. If you want to go hardcore into the theory without having to do much math, go for the electronics bible, Horowitz and Hill.

u/beke893 · 2 pointsr/electronics

Practical Electronics for Inventors is an amazing book which covers the basics of essentially every aspect of electronics a beginner would need to know. Seems to have had a problem with poor editing but it's cheap (under $30) and still far better than anything else out there.

The Art of Electronics is twenty years old and is still pretty much the standard reference for practical electrical engineering topics. Some sections show their age but still incredibly useful. A new edition is supposed to be coming out eventually.

u/TheRealSlartybardfas · 2 pointsr/electronics

There are tons of books for learning basic Electronics. Any one of them will give you the basics, but you won't be able to get your EE degree in 2 weeks.

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Basic-Electronics-Softcover-arrl/dp/0872590828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335460522&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Electronics-Forrest-Mims/dp/0945053282/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1335460522&sr=8-7

This book will show you all the stuff you don't know yet (because I seriously doubt you could read this book in 2 weeks and have an understanding of what is in it):

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335460573&sr=8-1


u/zach444 · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

A very good introduction to electronics and circuits is The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill. There is an accompanying lab manual that takes you through building some cool circuits.

This is often referred to as "The Bible" and is a common text for undergrads in physics. I still use it as a PhD student.

u/dangets · 2 pointsr/raspberry_pi

The defacto bible is "The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill which still sells for $100 even though the latest edition is from 1989. It is a thick book, but is better than most textbooks IMHO. They refer to many part numbers that are long past gone, but it should give you the vocab and keywords for you to search out the current parts.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342471024&sr=8-1&keywords=art+of+electronics

Other than that, if you want more beginner books - look at Make: Electronics
http://www.amazon.com/Make-Electronics-Discovery-Charles-Platt/dp/0596153740/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1342471247&sr=1-1&keywords=make+learning+electronics or the Forrest Mims books

As far as power supplies specifically, I believe I found a couple of howto webpages that described the basics - I'll edit this post if I find them again.

u/No_Kids_for_Dads · 2 pointsr/DIY

While I understand the desire to make something and see the fruits of your labor, true understanding will come best through reading and research. I mean, you could start making circuits of someone else's design and then play around with the arrangement and values of components, but at best you are really just generating a case-by-case feel of how a particular circuit operates. Doing some calculations with many sets of hypothetical circuits (rather than building a bunch of circuits and playing around and taking measurements) will be a much more efficient way to really get understanding of how these things work.

I would recommend the discrete electronics bible, Horowitz And Hill's The Art of Electronics as well as Malik's Electronic Circuits. (Edit: actually, it's been a while since I've used these books and I can't remember what scope they really cover. I know Malik is a little more advanced and concentrates on state devices like diodes and transistors. Really, a basic engineering circuit analysis textbook might be best)

You should also check out this java applet. It is surprisingly powerful and gives a really good general idea of what electronic components do ('visually' and numerically)

u/tmwrnj · 2 pointsr/Guitar

The definitive electronics textbook is The Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill. As with all textbooks it's quite expensive, but you can get used copies of the second edition at a fairly reasonable price.

Guitar electronics are boneheadedly simple and have barely changed in 60 years, but you do need a good understanding of the fundamentals to make sense of them.

u/kitkamran · 2 pointsr/electronics

I like to use The Art of Electronics as my basic reference book.

u/treeses · 2 pointsr/Physics

Now that the 3rd edition has been published, used copies of the 2nd edition of The Art of Electronics is super cheap. I think this is the best intro circuits book for self study. Alternatively, I've really enjoyed Practical Electronics for Inventors too, and it covers more modern stuff (like it has a chapter on arduino). Both of these start with the basics, though Practical Electronics written for a more general audience so it is easier on the math.

For electromagnetics, I've heard Electricity and Magnetism is pretty good. It does cover some circuits stuff, but so much of circuits is about electronic components that you really need a dedicated circuits book to understand them.

u/ajwitte · 2 pointsr/electronics

This page explains it fairly well, I think. So do Horowitz and Hill, if by chance you have their book handy.

I have used that basic design on a few different occasions, although my triangle wave generator looked more like this one. I believe I used an LM741 for the integrator (that's the amplifier with the capacitor in its feedback loop) and the two halves of an LM393 for the comparator in the triangle wave generator + the comparator used to make the PWM. Those exact parts aren't critical by any means, and I don't see anything wrong with Paul Hills' circuit (the first link) either except the part count is higher.


Edit: If you can find an MC33030, or if you care to trawl through catalogs looking for a modern (i.e. orderable) substitute, it will do do the PWM generation for you and it even includes the H-bridge to drive a motor (or in your case, coil) up to 1 amp.

u/ModernRonin · 2 pointsr/arduino

The canonical source is the book "Art Of Electronics" - http://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

If you want something online, try googling for "basic electronics". Tons.

u/LIQUIPOOPS · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

The Art of Electronics is an oldie but is very well written and quite entertaining. It goes through just about everything to the 68000 microprocessor (think the first Macintosh and a number of other platforms). For example, transistor man.

u/cssr · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

I'm sure we'd all be willing to help, but you need to ask better questions. I work in the telecommunications industry for a company that develops carrier networking products, and yet I've little idea what you're really wanting. So for now, I'll answer the question that you have asked, though I doubt you'll like the answer.

>So what I would like is some books that explain what parameters affect the energy consumption at the telecommunications infrastructure.

The parameters that effect energy consumption are resistance, capacitance, and inductance. As far as books on the subject? I don't know. Maybe The Art of Electronics?

u/sn76477 · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Back in my days, I picked up 3 or 4 electronics books, found an aspect of it that interested me and dug in.

I still have this somewhere
http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1347674792&sr=8-12&keywords=electronics

Books like this one look good too.

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Electronics-Forrest-Mims/dp/0945053282/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1347674792&sr=8-4&keywords=electronics


I focused on Synthesizers since making electronic music was an interest at the time. So I read up on filters, VCAs, oscillators, functions generators etc. I have a reasonable working knowledge now and I gave it up years ago.

u/nullcharstring · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

The Art of Electronics is the one essential electronics textbook. The microprocessor stuff is sadly dated, but OTOH, nobody has written a better book for understanding transistors and op-amps. If $100 is too steep, shop around for a paperback international student edition.

u/EnergeticBean · 1 pointr/synthdiy

An op amp is a differential amplifier with an enormous gain, something along the lines of 10^(6)

This causes some interesting things, for instance, with input voltages above, say 1/1000 of a volt, it will act as a comparator, the largest voltage immediately sending the input high or low.

Because of this high gain, it is easy to construct a circuit for an amplifier that is determined by the ratio of two resistors alone, the gain disappearing entirely from the equations.

Op amps can also be used to add DC bias to a signal.

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These are some useful resources

How to bias an Op Amp (MIT)

The Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz (worth every penny)

Khan Academy's course on the subject

u/mrpickleby · 1 pointr/ECE

The Art of Electronics is a fun book.

u/stormedcrow · 1 pointr/croatia
u/phoenixmog · 1 pointr/arduino

The Art of Electronics is $20 on amazon if you get it used. It's quite a price break from new.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

Otherwise as the others have said, broken projects happen often. You'll get more help of you're asking for help on a specific project with photos.

u/macegr · 1 pointr/electronics

Glad to see you're approaching this from the correct angle. We get this sort of question here all the time, but it's usually "how do i electronics" and they get upset when they find out math is involved.

Definitely follow the math up through precalc, calculus, and differential equations. Learn Laplace transforms if you have time. You'll also want to explore physics pretty far, much of it will apply when you least expect it. Electronics is a mix of applied physics and chemistry. Finally you'll want to learn some thermodynamics. Understanding heat transfer and energy will be pretty useful. For all of these, I would just hunt down some college textbooks and some related Schaum's outlines.

While you're doing that, make sure to dabble in electronics to keep you focused. Build up some assembly, soldering, and possibly circuit layout skill. Definitely find this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

u/ksviuner · 1 pointr/books

Last summer while on holiday I was laying on the poolside chairs (hiding from the intense midday sun, the sea/pools were empty around noon), reading The Art of Electronics. I had it on the foot side on my chair, laying on my stomach so you could see the book when going around.

The hotel staff was running around, giving out cold water, entertaining kids etc. One of them went by me, did a double take on the book (I was on some page with a lot of circuit diagrams, graphs, ... ), stopped and asked if he could have a look. I said sure, he picked it up, flipped through it, shook his head and went away without saying a word.

Not really sure what he though, but it certainly wasn't the standard beach reading material.

u/nixfu · 1 pointr/AskElectronics

Best two:

  • Practical Electronics for Inventors - a new version is supposed to be coming out in 2015 to correct the bugs in this book, there quite a few errors in the book, but its still a great read

  • The Art of Electronics - an old college text book, out of print and hard to find, but a classic. I always considered this book to be a sort of the electronics version of "Joy of Cooking". You can find used copies sometimes at a decent price on Ebay. The new 3rd edition is coming out in April 2015, but its going to be a >$100 hardback textbook and its kinda pricey.
u/dino-massacre · 1 pointr/ECE

Been looking into this text, any idea on where I can grab/look for it for less than the terrifying amazon pricing?

u/service_unavailable · 1 pointr/electronics

Read The Art of Electronics. It's a pretty great book.

u/imightbearobot · 1 pointr/engineering

I am a current EE student right now and saw you ask in another comment about book recommendations so I thought I would throw a few in:

u/aerobit · 1 pointr/programming

EE yes. If you can EE than you can program. Taking a few CS courses will teach you the finer points of programming. But if you want to play with hardware than EE is the way to go.

Between EE and CS, both types learn programming. Focus on EE if you are thrilled by hardware. Focus on CS if you love logic puzzles and high level abstractions. FYI EE pays more and you can always get a programming job with an EE. The reverse is not true.

(Although I have to say that most EE's I know are terrible programmers. But that doesn't seem to stop them.)

I think a book that would be perfect for you is
The Art of Electronics
. The first half is all basic electronics. Then it gets into logic circuits and finally simple computer circuits.

One nice thing about this book is that the chapters are very well organized. So if you don't want to learn everything there is to know about transistors, just read the first few pages of the transistor chapter and the move on.

u/engineered_academic · 1 pointr/homesecurity

Totally not a smartass answer: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Electronics-Paul-Horowitz/dp/0521370957

This book taught me many amazing things.