I want to learn about electronics, not plumbing.
October 9, 2013 7:12 PM Subscribe
What are some books (or other resources) that would help me understand electricity and hobbyist electronics without a hydraulic metaphor?
posted by ddbeck to technology (10 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I want to learn more about how electronics and electricity work, but the books I've read recently haven't been particularly helpful. My main problem is that the beginner books I've picked up (like, my most recent attempt, Make: Electronics
) all use a nonsensical (at least to me) hydraulic/plumbing metaphor, involving water in pipes. It's confusing me. I want to understand electricity, not water, after all.
For an example of my difficulties, check out the capacitor example on this Wikipedia page
. Why would a rubber diaphragm be inside a pipe and why would that do anything even vaguely useful?
I'm coming from a pretty basic level. I can safely handle a soldering iron and have no trouble at all programming my Arduino. But I have a hard time solving problems in circuits or making new ones without instructions. Please recommend something that might help me remedy this.