Posting after a long time! Hopefully, this run will continue through this summer and we will see new titles every few days.
In this post, we will see the much-awaited book by E. Sedov Entertaining Electronics. The book is an amazing introduction to electronics. Though some of the technology has changed since the time the book was published (almost no vacuum tubes now), the book nonetheless remains a classic. The way it explains many physical aspects of the variety of ideas in connection with electronics is commendable. The historical origin of many ideas used in the book is traced. The book touches upon various aspects of solid-state physics, electromagnetism, fields, waves, semiconductors, among other things. It provides a physically intuitive understanding of the topics considered.
The inside cover describes the book as such:
An unusual book in form and content, demonstrating that electronics can be fun. Acquaints the reader with the history and development of this important branch of modern science and technology since the discovery of radio. Written with humour and simplicity. Should be in every school library. The author is a graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute and an experienced popularizer of science.
The book has some amazing line drawings which describe the physical phenomena very well. Unfortunately, the text does not provide the name of the artist who drew these illustrations.
The book was translated from the Russian by Eugene Felgenhauer and was first published in 1973. The current scan is for the third reprint in 1984.
PDF | OCR | Bookmarked | 359 pp. | Cover | 12.2 MB | 300 dpi (upscaled to 600)
Link on the Internet Archive.
Chapter I. ELECTRONS AND ELECTRONICS 9
In this chapter the reader will learn about the history of the discovery of the electron and also why it was the fate of this very particle to become the main “component” of certain electronic devices, which gave the first impetus to the development of electronics.
Chapter II. HOW WERE WAVES DISCOVERED? 57
Now the reader will see for himself that for electronics the electric field is no less important than the electron. He will get acquainted with waves, which were discovered before they could be detected, and will learn how radio could manage without electronics and what it was capable of.
chapter III. ELECTRONS, WAVES, FIELDS 99
How electrons came to be controlled with the aid of a field. About the co-operation between waves and electrons, which gave birth to world-wide radio communication.
Chapter IV. UP THE FREQUENCY SCALE 181
About how from year to year mankind kept mastering ever shorter and shorter waves, and what electronics had to go through when mastering super high frequencies.
Chapter V. ELEMENTS OF “WISE” MACHINES 279
How simple electronic-cells are employed to assemble complex circuits of “wise” machines.