What would be a good book to read and or a good site to go to to learn the basics of electronics all the way up to the designing of circuits? Preferable in a little more down to earth way of talking about it. Thanks in advance.
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It has been my experience that some books are great in some areas, and others great in other areas. I would recommend starting out with a book starts out with the concept of matter and energy, which most should. Most books should then go into explaining circuit theory (series/parallel circuits, ohm's law, kirchoff's law, thevenin's equivalency theorem, norton's theorem, etc.). All of this is important in understanding circuits when you're faced with a schematic and need to figure out values at certain points. I would probably stay away from the Navy books since they tend to pack a lot of detail, which has required me to go to another book for an explanation.
I purchased the "Art of Electronics" and should be receiving it in a few days. I'll let you know how that book is, but the general consensus in this group about the book is highly positive.
A visit to your local library would be a good first start.
The second edition is from 1989. I went into B&N to preview the book before I thought about purchasing it online. The geek that I am, I found the book pretty impressive -- far more impressive than any books I've read thus far. Still haven't received my book yet, though. The publisher of the book has a website for this book:
Sometimes books are rated on their material and how well they cover it. I'm sure the book doesn't cover every aspect of electronics, but I don't know enough about it yet to comment fully. Perhaps someone else in the group can give more advice on the book.
I also like Bob Pease's book on "Troubleshooting Analog Electronics". It has quite a bit of real life details about components and troubleshooting techniques. I've got the original one. Looks like he's updated it and included the "Electronic Workbench" simulator with it.