View Full Version : Good book from across the pond.

frank freedman
10-11-2011, 02:12 AM
While I realize the prop forum may not be the best place for this thread, it is the one I hang in most and see others doing some interesting hardware designs. My library now has a copy of a book called "The Circuit Designers Companion".

The very opening chapter sets this book apart from others like it over the years. It starts with what is probably the biggest PITA and intermittent source in a box. Grounding. If you deal in imaging systems, you have been kicked around by ground noise at sometime or other. The book goes on from there into PCB design, passive electronic devices and all manner of other practical issues that are great additions to the design toolbox.

Tim Williams writes a very readable book, and the order and method of exposition really does flow well without boxing the reader into a specific sequence.His illustrations are good size and not microprint which makes a difference to the bifocal wearers among us as well. Not to expensive though it is a paperback, it will not be going back to Amazon anytime soon. Some "senior" engineers will say this should be common knowledge (from experience of course). I am a systems/component fixer by day and garage inventor/engineer by night, so this book helps with the experience difference. 'Course us Yanks have to remember to convert to dollars mentally when he speaks of pounds.........



10-11-2011, 02:58 AM
Agreed Frank, its an excellent book. Very easy to read and covers a really useful range of topics in just enough depth.

Definitely worth buying some post-it flags for marking the several interesting bits.

Graham Stabler
10-11-2011, 10:14 AM
Looks good, just ordered a copy.


10-11-2011, 12:49 PM
That made me remember that I wanted to get the newest edition of "The art of electronics" that was going to be ready for sale this past july. Checking again, it seems that it is still not available :(, bummer :(. I'll check "The Circuit Designers Companion" right away, though ;), thanks for the tip!

Edit: It seems that a newer edition is going to show up around December... which edition do you have ? the 2004 ?

frank freedman
10-12-2011, 04:39 AM
Edit: It seems that a newer edition is going to show up around December... which edition do you have ? the 2004 ?[/QUOTE]

Uhm, rats if that is so. My copy states 2005 copyright, with digital printing in 2010.