Planet Analog Electronics book give-aways series

I am planning a series of excellent electronics text book give-aways on Planet Analog beginning right now. I will have one new give-away every two weeks. The lucky winner will be the person who has the most worthy comment regarding who should receive the book and why. Each different give-away will feature a new theme regarding what type of person should receive the book. For example, in this first contest, Please tell me some worthy high school student should get this book and why.

In this first contest I have two copies of books from Bob Pease entitled Analog Circuits: World Class Designs. There will be two worthy winners judged by myself and my EDN Executive editor colleagues.

Any book by the late Bob Pease would be a great insightful book for anyone interested in tech electronics insights. In this case, the book has contributors like Bonnie Baker, Richard S. Burwen, Professor Sergio Franco, Phil Perkins, Marc Thompson, Jim Williams and Steve Winder. Wow—what a lineup! The book was published in 2008 and this type of analog tech info never gets old—the basics are timeless.

This book is chock full of great chapters on everything analog.

The contest will end a week from now on September 28, 2015 at noon Pacific time and the two winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

I look forward to your comments below—convince me that your candidate is worthy and if you are the candidate—please do tell me why you are worthy—Good luck—this will be fun and educational for all of us.

As Donald Trump would say, Vote early and often

26 comments on “Planet Analog Electronics book give-aways series

  1. maarten.arits
    September 22, 2015

     Hi, my name is Maarten and I'm an engineering student from Belgium at the KU Leuven. This year I will starting to work on my thesis, a high precision data logger (going for 20 bit) with cat 2 input protection. A book like Analog Circuits would be an awesome source of information! I love the application notes by Jim Williams so a book to which he contributed would rule. This summer I invested in my own personal lab (some precision power supplies, 6 ½ multimeter, signal generator,…) and it is past time that I started a small library of reference books. This book would be a great start. If I win you can be sure that I will share the end result of my thesis.

    Thank you for the opportunity and thank you Steve Taranovich for all your contributions to EDN, it's a great read and source of inspiration.

  2. David Ashton
    September 22, 2015

    Steve, I believe I have just the candidate for this book.  Our own Max (the Magnificent) Maxfield has taken a young man called Jacob under his wing and is teaching him about Arduinos and stuff.  Now as Max has told him, “if you can use a computer to read the value of a switch and control something like a LED, you can rule the world.”  True enough, but to interface with that world you need to talk to it in analog, and that's why this book would be so valuable to someone like Jacob. 

    You can read about Jacob at

    w w w

    If I'm allowed to nominate two candidates, young Ahmed who caused such a furore by taking his homebuild digital clock to school last week would probably also be a great recipient.

    And who better to teach analog than people like Bob Pease and Jim Williams?


  3. zeeglen
    September 22, 2015

    Somewhere between 10 and 15 years ago I won an  essay contest hosted by Test & Measurement World (now defunct).  This contest was sponsored by Tektronix and the essay subject was about mentoring.  One of the two digital oscilloscope awards went to my local High School in Allen, Texas, USA.

    I think books like these should be made available to many.  A library in a place of education would be a good home.  But which one?

    Some youngsters get interested in electronic technology long before they reach high school.  Unfortunately they are an exception, and their schools do not have the resources to support or encourage their interests.

    Therefore these books might be best used in a middle school library where students are first becoming aware of technology.

  4. Steve Taranovich
    September 22, 2015

    Nice idea @Zeeglen—if you don't win a book for them, I will make my next give-away for a deserving middle school!

  5. Steve Taranovich
    September 22, 2015

    Thanks David—these two are worthy candidates

  6. Steve Taranovich
    September 22, 2015

    Hi Maarten—you will surely be considered as a possible worthy candidate for one of these books. If you do not win, there will be many more great books to come with more chances to win

  7. maarten.arits
    September 23, 2015

    awesome, thank you!

  8. Rcurl
    September 23, 2015

    I agree with David Ashton that Jacob would be a worthy recipient.

    As a second recipient, I'd like to recommend the Red Mountain Makers- a new Makers group getting started in Birmingham. They're in the process of setting up a library of technical books to be shared with anyone who is interested. There's a group coming in next week to build a robot for the First Robotics competition, and I;m sure these books would be a big help.

    I've always admired Bob Pease and Jim Williams.  Some of Bob's weekly videos are still avaialble on the web. In fact, my office is an homage to Bob Pease's office (Google Bob Pease Office to see what I'm referring to).


  9. jimfordbroadcom
    September 23, 2015

    Ha!  @Rcurl, I know just what you mean; my office (and workbench at work, and workbench at home) pay homage to the late, greats Bob Pease and Jim Williams as well.  Just can't seem to find time to clean them up; too busy inventing.  RIP RAP and Jim Williams.

    On the subject of the book contests, I'm waiting for a bit more basic book to come up that would be appropriate for my 10 and 11 year old boys.  Steve, are you planning to do a contest for elementary school kids?

  10. Steve Taranovich
    September 23, 2015

    Good idea @jimfordbroadcom—I will just need to find an appropriate book for them in my library for elementary school techies

  11. jimfordbroadcom
    September 23, 2015

    Well, I already bought Ronald Quan's excellent Electronics from the Ground Up, but don't let that disqualify me.  My kids weren't too interested until they heard “hacking” in the subtitle 😉  Thanks!

  12. Rcurl
    September 23, 2015

    The best entry-level book I've seen is Make:Electronics. They manage to avoid most of the theoretical stuff while still giving a good example of how things work.

  13. Steve Taranovich
    September 23, 2015

    Ron Quan does a great job in getting “newbie techies” interested in electronics

  14. K3yh013
    September 25, 2015

    I was lucky to be a student of John McCollum's at Homestead HS in the late 60s. He would on occasion purchase books for students who had a particualr subject interest–in my case (the first of several books he bought), I got a copy of Malvino's, “Transistor Circuit Approximations.”  I ended up unwittingly designing a Gilbert amplifier because of that book, and the encourgagement of a great teach, friend and mentor.

    Even though I'm now in executive management, I still grab every analog book I can find.  I have old articles from IEEE publications (thank you Harrison Horn, Fairchild in the 70s) written by Bob Widlar, Hap Horn, and audio circuits from Nelson Pass, Walt Jung, and Douglas Self.

    With the access to plug-n-play modules today, these books need to find there way into middle and elementary school libraries.  I'd suggest visiting the school libraries of your nearby elementary schools and donate to the one with the least content on the shelf covering “hardware.”

    Your article gives me pause to consider if there is market for discrete transistor circuits.  How about a Weinbridge oscillator, with a filament lamp?  How about a 4-Q follower as a speaker driver?  I still like breadboarding with discretes more than ICs.  I wonder if that would be a benefit at the middle and HS level.


  15. Steve Taranovich
    September 25, 2015

    @dmanchester957—I like the idea of discrete transistor circuit designs to expose youngsters to that lost art. Maybe our Analog Aficionados group can come up with some good ideas for local schools and science labs

  16. K3yh013
    September 25, 2015

    If they are objective driven designs, especially designs that allow incremental features (e.g from fixed frequency to variable frequency oscillator), a relatively small number of parts on suitable substrate could go a long way.

    I taught linear circuits at Mission College in Santa Clara, and used home-brewed oscillators, amplifiers, etc. to drive the L-R-C networks that the class would work on. 

    If it cannot be done with a 2N2222A, 2N3904, 2N3906, 1N914, or U315, you shouldn't be doing it–okay, it wasn't my best motto.  There were obvious exceptions, like pentodes, dual-triodes, or Philbrok Op Amps the size of a deck of playing cards.

  17. Reay
    September 26, 2015

    I spoke with Bob once, and briefly told him about a problem I was trying to tackle.  He thought for a minute, and told me:  “That is an interesting problem, however I don't think normal designs can solve this.”  I am hoping this book will help me.

  18. Steve Taranovich
    September 28, 2015

    This week's winners of the two books are Ahmed and his Digtal Clock at school incident (What a shame) and young Jacob, Max's protege–two promising young men from the future tech generation pool.

    David Ashton—thanks for the suggestions! It was a tough choice for us here at EDN but they are the clear winners.

    Please send me the addresses of both and contact info via e-mail at 

  19. David Ashton
    September 29, 2015

    Thanks Steve!  I have emailed Max to send you the address for Jacob.  I would not know how to contact Ahmed – I would imagine with all the publicity it would not be that difficult, but I would not know where to start….any ideas?

    Anyway, I'm glad my persuasive powers are still good 🙂

  20. David Ashton
    September 29, 2015

    Steve – this appears to be Ahmed's twotter account:

    Can you try and contact him that way?  I'm not on twitter…

  21. Steve Taranovich
    September 29, 2015

    Thanks David

  22. Jay Gallentine
    October 3, 2015

    Hello Mr. Taranovich, would it be possible for us to connect via e-mail? I would like to discuss your online article about Michael Minovitch. Thank you!

  23. Steve Taranovich
    October 4, 2015

    Hi Jay_Gallentine–my e-mail is 

  24. CC VanDorne
    December 18, 2015

    …there is an empty space on my bookshelf right next to The Bible just waiting for a book worthy of occupying it.



  25. Steve Taranovich
    December 21, 2015

    @CC VanDorne—tell me a bit about why you are worthy of a free tech book

  26. CC VanDorne
    December 22, 2015

    …I would like to take part in an analog renaissance of sorts by making nifty and useful single-function gadgets that power up immediately, work reliably as they were intended to work and have the marketable quality of analog nostalgia, if needed. To do this I need a deeper understanding than the thin layer that most digital text offers.  I can think of no foundation better than Bob Pease and Jim Williams.

    I hope this helps, Chris.

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