Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition By Paul Scherz and Simon Monk

Practical Electronics for Inventors

If you are not aware of electronic terms and components and if you are looking a book for learning electronics, which along with theory clears your practical ideas then please purchase “Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk”. 

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Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition
Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition By Paul Scherz and Simon Monk
This book is the best practice book for electronics. It explains in depth all electronics components which is practically one to be needed to understand how exactly it is working.

I saw “Practical Electronics for Inventors” in university library when I was an engineering student. When I read this first time, I found that this book isn't composed like a conventional reading material with loads of theories and equations. It presents what you have to work with electronic parts. It provides and clears the basics so that you can easily use this information when required. Immediately I planned to purchase my own personal copy. At that time, 2nd edition was available. Till now this book is available in my book shelf and often I refer it (4th edition also made a place in my book shelf).

With the time “Practical Electronics for Inventors” flourished and now available in 4th edition, updated and revised by authors Paul Scherz and Simon Monk. Paul Scherz has written 1st and 2nd edition. Simon Monk joins with Paul Scherz for the 3rd and 4th Editions.

A new chapter on programmable logic has been included in 4th edition, which focuses on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and teaches about programming FPGA evaluation board by using schematic editor and the Verilog hardware definition language.

“Practical Electronics for Inventors” provides circuit diagram, step-by-step teachings and reference pictures. This book guides you; how to select the right components for your design, how to design and assemble circuits, how to perform testing, how to use analog and digital IC’s, how to use software and simulation tools.

Practical Electronics for Inventors - Front Cover
Practical Electronics for Inventors - Front Cover
Practical Electronics for Inventors - Back Cover
Practical Electronics for Inventors - Back Cover
4th Edition of “Practical Electronics for Inventors” consists of;

  • Diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits
  • Optoelectronics, solar cells, and phototransistors
  • Sensors, GPS modules, and touch screens
  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers
  • Combinational and sequential programmable logic
  • Microphones, audio amps, and speakers
  • Modular electronics and prototypes
  • Op amps, regulators, and power supplies
  • Digital electronics, LCD displays, and logic gates
  • Microcontrollers and prototyping platforms
  • DC motors, RC servos, and stepper motors

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Electronics

Chapter 2. Theory
This chapter contains all the terms in basic form. This chapter contains; Theory of electronics, Current, Voltage, Resistance, Insulators, Conductors, Semiconductors, Heat and Power, Wire Gauges, Batteries, Ohm’s law, important laws and theorems, voltage and current sources, Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Filters, etc.

Chapter 3. Basic Electronic Circuit Components
This chapter contains in detail following terms; Wires, Cables and Connectors, Batteries, Switches, Relays. Details about Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors and Transformers. Fuses and Circuit breakers, etc.

Chapter 4. Semiconductors
This chapter contains; Semiconductor technology, Diodes, Transistors, Thyristors, Transient Voltage Suppressors, IC’s.

Chapter 5. Optoelectronics
This chapter contains; LED’s, Photoresistors, Photodiodes, Solar cells, Phototransistors, Photothyristors, Optoisolators and Optical Fiber.

Chapter 6. Sensors
This chapter contains all the details about; Temperature, Proximity and Touch, Movement, Force and Pressure, Chemical, Light, Radiation, Magnetism and Sound, GPS.

Chapter 7. Hands-on Electronics
This chapter contains details about; Safety, Constructing circuits, Instruments for electronics laboratory.

Chapter 8. Operational Amplifiers
It contains all the details about operational amplifiers and its applications.

Chapter 9. Filters
This chapter contains all the details about Filter design with example.

Chapter 10. Oscillators and Timers
It contains; 555 timer and all the types of oscillators.

Chapter 11. Voltage Regulators and Power Supplies
This chapter contains; Voltage Regulator IC’s, SMPS, Transformer, Rectifiers and Power Supply Construction.

Chapter 12. Digital Electronics
It contains; Logic Gates, Logic Families, Combinational Devices, Powering and Testing Logic IC’s, Sequential Logic, Counter IC’s, Shift Registers, Displays,  Memory Devices and Analog – Digital Interfacing.

Chapter 13. Microcontrollers
It contains; basic of microcontrollers, Development boards, Arduino and Interfacing with microcontrollers.

Chapter 14. Programmable Logic
It contains; FPGA’s, Verilog, Modular design, Simulation, VHDL, etc.

Chapter 15. Motors
It contains details about; Stepper motor, DC motor, RC servos and how to operate these motors.

Chapter 16. Audio Electronics
This chapter contains; Microphones, Audio Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, Mixer circuits, Speakers, Crossover Networks.

Chapter 17. Modular Electronics
This chapter contains details about different prototypes boards and modules.

Appendix A. Power Distribution and Home Wiring

Appendix B. Error Analysis

Appendix C. Useful Facts and Formulas

Positive points of “Practical Electronics for Inventors”

  • Step-by-step teaching.
  • Detail explanation of circuits.
  • Detail explanation for selection of components.
  • Detail derivation of equations.
  • Availability of reference pictures for easy understanding.
  • Easy to understand language.

Negative points of “Practical Electronics for Inventors”

  • Authors are Americans and sometimes they have used non metric system, but this not matters much.

About the authors

Paul Scherz  Paul is an inventor/hobbyist in electronics. Most of his electronics experience he got at the University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics and the Department of Plasma Physics.
He is a physicist/mechanical engineer who received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin.
His area of interest is physics, in which currently he’s focusing on elementary particle interactions, or high energy physics, and he is working on a new theory on the photon problems with Nikolus Kauer (Ph.D. in high energy physics, Munich, Germany).

Dr. Simon Monk – Simon has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. He’s the co-founder of mobile software company Momote Ltd. He’s full time writer on hobby electronics and open source hardware. He’s the author of books like; “30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius”, “Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius”, “Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches”, “Hacking Electronics” and “Programming the Raspberry Pi : Getting Started with Python”.

Details about this book, Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk

Paperback: 1056 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 4th edition (16 April 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1259587541
ISBN-13: 978-1259587542
Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.7 x 27.4 cm


This book, “Practical Electronics for Inventors” is like a bible of electronics learning and must have book for all electronics enthusiasts. This book will develop your electronics knowledge and advance the skills necessary to develop and construct your own working circuits.

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