The Art of Electronics

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The Art of Electronics
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Cover of 2nd edition
Author Paul Horowitz, Winfield Hill
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish (US)
Subject Electronics
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
1980 (1st ed.)
1989 (2nd ed.)
2015 (3rd ed.)
Media typePrint (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-521-37095-0
OCLC 19125711
621.381 19
LC Class TK7815 .H67 1989

The Art of Electronics, by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, is a popular reference textbook dealing with analog and digital electronics. The first edition was published in 1980, [1] :xxiii and the 1989 second edition has been regularly reprinted. [1] [2] The third edition was published on April 9th, 2015. [3] The author is accepting reports of errata and publishing them, to be corrected in future revisions. [4]



The book covers many areas of circuit design, from basic DC voltage, current, and resistance, to active filters and oscillators, to digital electronics, including microprocessors and digital bus interfacing. It also includes discussions of such often-neglected areas as high-frequency, high-speed design techniques and low-power applications.

The book includes many example circuits. In addition to having examples of good circuits, it also has examples of bad ideas, with discussions of what makes the good designs good and the bad ones bad. It can be described as a cross between a textbook and reference manual, though without the chapter-end questions and exercises which are often found in textbooks.

There is also a complementary text, Learning the Art of Electronics (formerly Student Manual for The Art of Electronics) by Thomas C. Hayes and Paul Horowitz. While referring to the main text extensively, it is designed specifically to teach electronics. It contains laboratory exercises and explanatory text supplements aimed at the student. In contrast, The Art of Electronics contains tables, equations, diagrams, and other material practitioners use for reference.

The Art of Electronics: The X Chapters follow up book is scheduled for release in 2020. [5]

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  1. 1 2 Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill (1989), The Art of Electronics (Second ed.), Cambridge University Press, ISBN   978-0-521-37095-0
  2. The 2001 pressing of the second edition ( ISBN   0521370957) lists "Reprinted 1990 (twice), 1991, 1993, 1994 (twice), 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 (twice), 1999, 2001".
  4. "Art of Electronics, 3rd Edition, errata". Horowitz, Paul. April 7, 2015.
  5. The Art of Electronics: The X Chapters.