for without him i would still be wandering around in the dark, and probably hurt myself with my ignorance I just finished reading this book in the course of less than a day, I might add and felt a desperate need to log on and tell the world what I ve discovered Here it is are you Ready there is an absolute genius named Kenn Amdahl who wrote this book that any sixth grader could understand with ease heck, most fourth graders will probably get it too but is chock full of info that very few people of any age will ever know For Anyone who wants to know how electricity works and what all those little random bits of plastic inside your walkman are and how they preform their mysterious tricks, you have to have this book I have never ever enjoyed learning something so much in my life I couldn t put this book down I finally couldn t keep my eyes open any and had to get up in six hours for work nothing else could stop me truly useful knowledge was never this much fun you could read this book just for kicks even if you didn t care about electronics If teachers learned how to communicate like this, kids would be Begging to go to school and not come home until six or seven at night and while you re throughly enjoying yourself you will all of a sudden realize that you know, understand, and can even apply all that nonsense that you ve been trying to grind out of hundred dollar textbooks You have no idea at all what a deal this is for anyone who wants to learn how it all works, or already knows but still doesn t get it, this book is hope Amdahl coaxes the genie out of the bottle, ties him to a table makes him tell you how all the magic actually happens I don t trust reviews any than you do, and it usually take seeing five or six of them that all sound about the same, and all sound reasonably sane to some degreee at least before i ll start to believe the opinion of people i don t know I hope this review is number five or six for you, because this book deserves to have songs written about it Please, Please take the risk and get the book I Promise you won t be dissapointed you ll be too busy laughing at silly metaphors and understanding complex and abstract concepts An Off Beat Introduction To The Workings Of Electricity For People Who Wish Richard Brautigan And Kurt Vonnegut Had Teamed Up To Explain Inductance And Capacitance To Them Despite Its Title, It S Not Wild Ranting Pseudo Science To Be Dismissed By Those With Brains Rather, Amdahl Maintains That One Need Not Understand Quantum Physics To Grasp How Electricity Works In Practical Applications To Understand Your Toaster Or Your Fax Machine, It Doesn T Really Matter Whether There Are Electrons Or Not, And It S A Lot Easier And Fun To Start With The Toaster Than With Quarks And Calculus The Book Is Mildly Weird, Often Funny, Always Clear And Easy To Understand It Assumes The Reader Doesn T Know A Volt From A Hole In The Ground And Gently Leads Him Or Her Through Integrated Circuits, Radio, Oscillators And The Basics Of The Digital Revolution Using Examples That Include Green Buffalo, Microscopic Beer Parties, Break Dancing Chickens And Naked Norwegian Girls In Rowboats OK, It S Than Mildly WeirdThe Book Has Been Reprinted Numerous Times Since And Has Achieved Minor Cult Status Reviewed And Praised In Dozens Of Electronics And Educational Magazines, It Is Used As A Text By Major Corporations, Colleges, High Schools, Military Schools And Trade Schools It Has Been Studied By Education Programs At Colleges Across The United States This Book Was Making Wise Cracks In The Corner Before Anyone Thought Of Designing books For Dummies And Idiots Some Say It Helped To Inspire That IndustryIt May Be The Only Introduction To Electronics books With Back Cover Comments By Dave Barry, Ray Bradbury, Clive Cussler, And George Garrett, As Well As Recomendations From Robert Hazen, Bob Mostafapour, Dr Roger Young, Dr Wayne Green, Scott Rundle, Brian Battles, Michelle Guido, Herb Reichert And Emil Venere As Monitoring Times Said, Perhaps The Best Electronics Book Ever If You D Like To Learn About Basic Electronics But Haven T Been Able To Pull It Off, Get There Are No Electrons Just Trust Us Get The Book I just recently finished reading this book The motivation for reading this book was, ofcourse, to learn electronics, both analog and digital, and to ultimately be able to build out ideas that I have floating in my head for the last several years.
The cover of this book caught my eye, and flipping through the pages, I could tell the book was definitely not dry But was it good I looked up some of the reviews and all of them were positive from some reputable sources National Public Radio Car Audio and Electronics Science News Radio Electronics Magazine So I decided to purchase the book.
This book introduces basic concepts of eletronics by use of analogies imagery of little green men, chickens, and magicians to get his points across Amdahl was impressed that his children could comprehend the entire Star Wars universe after watching the movie for 2 hours, and he figures he could do the same with electronics.
Usually the format goes, introduce a theory with the usual electron jargon, translate the jargon into a story about Greenies who want to party Repeat a few times, then review the last few sections with a story about Greenies and electron jargon.
The concepts learned are pretty basic It doesn t get into much detail, or formulas except for the two basic ones where a component is in series versus in parallel Semi conductors are covered.
The stories themselves are somewhat entertaining And they help you some what remember the concepts you learned Amdahl has borrowed a concept used by mnemonics.
However, the stories can be quite long Some sections have five pages worth of stories to go through, and none of it has to do with electronics, or analogies Just pure entertainment I d rather he just make analogies, and keep the narrative to the minimal Remember, the unusual, the better remembered, and to have a long narrative in a story helps make the bizarre imagery rational, thus losing it unusualness.
The stories themselves with the electronics makes this book for me worth 3 stars What makes this book worth five stars is the following.
The book got me over my procrastination hump and into learning electronics I also liked the analogies and at times Amdahl pretty much comes out and says there are no really good analogies to electronics and everyday life You d be foolish to think that the dry textbooks know it all, and he gives some examples of how explanations in textbooks don t really make sense.
That s a big thing, because having forgotten the electronics I learned in highschool, I do remember knowing the rules and how to apply them, but feeling quite anxious about not understanding which I felt hindered my remembering the subject Remember, whatever the textbooks or physicists come up with, it is only a model of reality, a mental construct, which just so happens to be the best at the time, but can change.
I also liked the homemade gadgetry he introduces to people which I see lacking in many textbooks on the subject.
The repetitive nature of the concepts introduced along with regular review stories helped to remember important concepts.
Finally, and most important of all, I like the inventive spirit the book seems to have Kenn Amdahl manages to cultivate your imagination, definitely not something you d find in other textbooks.
So the negatives of the book I mentioned one The stories could be too long at times The imagery is not continuous first it was green men, then chickens and ducks The other major problem is that there is no index at the end of the book There were a few times I wanted to look up a term, but couldn t remember where in the book I read it first.
For those that are impatient and need to learn electron theory fast, I don t recommend this book It s not detailed enough and the jargon and concepts are not introduced fast enough But if you are not in this category, this is a great book to start Right now, I am reading as my second book electricity a self teaching guide by Ralph Morrison It s a good book so far.
I purchased this book after reading the author s seemingly excellent Calculus for Cats oh, how I wish I had a copy of that book when I was at college as I enjoy quirky approaches to learning science But I have to say that I was very disappointed with There Are No Electrons The author s humorous approach to the subject is completely spoilt by numerous technical inaccuracies throughout For example, he confuses power with energy , where he explains how electricity companies charge consumers for power actually, it s energy in kilowatts per month actually, it s kilowatt hours There s simply no excuse for errors such as this He talks about magnetic fields inducing currents into wires they don t, they induce voltages into wires There are lots of other inaccuracies throughout that I won t bore you with in this review If you want to write a humorous book in order to make a subject interesting and to explain the science, then in MUST be technically accurate This book falls on its face in that respect I now have to wonder how accurate Calculus for Cats is
I m a Professional Engineer with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and 15 years experience in the field As a result, I was living under the delusional assumption that electronics had something to do with electrons Fortunate for me, Ken came along and set me free of this silly idea.
After all those years of math, physics, and chemistry, I ve never been very comfortable with electric shock therapy, or electricity in general Ken s book has changed my outlook entirely Now I get up in the morning and can t wait to turn on all the electrical gadgets in my house.
I recommend this book to anyone trying to understand electrical theory Ken s book is entertaining and very memorable He takes one of the most complex topics in modern science and reduces it down to a level that even an engineer like me can understand Now that s an accomplishment