Review of Getting Started in Electronics book by Forrest M Mims III

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This book has had a major affect on my life and the career choices I have made. As a kid growing up in the 1980s, I used to regularly frequent our local Radio Shack store. I used to love looking at their electronic parts collection wondering what I could make out of them. At the time I was 12 years old and was too young to enroll in any electronic classes at school. I was also part of the Radio Shack "Battery Club" where I would get one free battery each month. Remember those days? I wanted to get to know more about electronic so the store manager recommended I pick up a copy of Getting Started in Electronics book which was one of many publications by Forrest Mims that Radio Shack stores carried at the time.

This book is awesome, it covers basic electricity and electronic theory in a very easy to read fashion with cute hand drawings. Later on in the book it covers discrete electronic components, their schematic symbols, and their electrical properties.The book starts with pictorial drawing of circuits then moves on to schematic diagrams. As an added bonus, the back of the book contains one hundred circuit projects that you can build on your own! Most parts for the circuit projects can still be sourced from your local Radio Shack store. This book has changed very little since I purchased my copy in the early 1980s, but the theory and electronic circuits found in this book are still sound!

This book inspired me to take vocational electronics in high school where we learned about vacuum tubes, transistors, and TTL (Transistor Transistor Logic). I ran a successful TV/VCR repair business out of my parents basement and used the money to pursue my electronics hobby and to pay for car expenses. Later on I pursued a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and worked on everything from electronic weigh systems used in steel mills to CNC Lathes used in the shipbuilding industry. I used electronics as a stepping stone into my current career as a Systems Administrator in the computer field.

I recommend this book for kids and adults alike that want to know more about electronics!

My Getting Started in Electronics book from the early 1980s.

Archer Semiconductor Reference Guide circa 1986, no longer published.

My first project as a teen, an audio frequency generator. I even made the printed circuit board!

An original Radio Shack Battery Club Card. You got a free battery every month just for stopping by the store!

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  • Anonymous831 Jan 18, 2014 @ 2:26 am
    Interesting lens.
  • getmoreinfo Jan 17, 2014 @ 12:05 pm
    Electronics is fun, thanks for the great review.
  • Merrci Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:30 am
    Great review, and what an excellent idea for kids (and adults). I may have to get a copy myself. It is amazing to me how people first created anything electrical. Sounds like this would help. Also good to inspire kids to learn more about it, as it did for you! Congrats on Review of the Day!
  • eva_writes Jan 17, 2014 @ 9:28 am
    Interesting! Congrats on the review of the day!
  • jbdkz Jan 17, 2014 @ 9:36 am
    Thanks!
  • PaigSr Jan 17, 2014 @ 7:58 am
    In high school I had one of those 150 in one electronic things. I would still have it if the basement had not flooded. Follow that up to one of my college room mates was part of the electronics clubs that I was also pulled into.
  • jbdkz Jan 17, 2014 @ 9:48 am
    I still have mine from when I was a kid. It is pretty beat up. I hope to do a Lens on it in the near future.
  • Susan52 Jan 16, 2014 @ 4:19 pm
    Cool! My dad's an electronics geek, too, so this review really makes me smile.