Bebop to the Boolean Boogie

An Unconventional Guide to Electronics


  • Clive Maxfield, Engineer, TechBytes, and Editor of

From reviews of the first edition:"If you want to be reminded of the joy of electronics, take a look at Clive (Max) Maxfield's book Bebop to the Boolean Boogie." --Computer Design "Lives up to its title as a useful and entertaining technical guide....well-suited for students, technical writers, technicians, and sales and marketing people." --Electronic Design"Writing a book like this one takes audacity! ... Maxfield writes lucidly on a variety of complex topics without 'writing down' to his audience." --EDN"A highly readable, well-illustrated guided tour through basic electronics." -Science Books & Films"Extremely readable and easy to understand, you'll wonder how people learned about this stuff before this book came along." --New Book Bulletin, Computer Literacy Bookshops
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Electrical and electronic engineers, technicians, and technical marketing personnel.


Book information

  • Published: December 2002
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7543-7


┬┐Extremely readable and easy to understand, you┬┐ll wonder how people learned about this stuff before this book came along.┬┐ ┬┐ New Book Bulletin, Computer Literacy Bookshops ┬┐A highly readable, well-illustrated guided tour through basic electronics.┬┐ ┬┐ Science Books & Films ┬┐There┬┐s something for anyone involved in anyway in electronics, whether as a mild interest or as a serious technician. . . . The book is an excellent and invaluable resource for anyone who┬┐s ever held a soldering iron and wants to know what makes current electronics technology tick, and where it's going in the future.┬┐ ┬┐ Everyday with Practical Electronics (U.K.) ┬┐This book is better than most college courses for learning electronics basics.┬┐ ┬┐ The Daily Spectrum ┬┐Maxfield shows the best of his style, mixing deep knowledge of technical history with a great sense of humor and a strong passion for finding some (almost) unbelievable nuggets of trivia. On the whole, this is a book that deserves the acclaim it received since the very first edition and it should be on the desk of everybody who is interested in digital electronics design.┬┐ ┬┐ Electronics World, January 2006

Table of Contents

Section 1: Fundamental ConceptsChapter 1: Analog versus DigitalChapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and CrystalsChapter 3: Conductors and Insulators; Voltage, Current, Resistance, Capacitance, and InductanceChapter 4: Semiconductors: Diode and TransistorsChapter 5: Primitive Logic FunctionsChapter 6: Using Transistors to Build Primitive Logic FunctionsChapter 7: Alternative Numbering SystemsChapter 8: Binary ArithmeticChapter 9: Boolean AlgebraChapter 10: Karnaugh MapsChapter 11: Using Primitive Logic Functions to Build More Complex FunctionsChapter 12: State Diagrams, State Tables, State MachinesChapter 13: Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-AnalogChapter 14: Integrated Circuits (ICs)Chapter 15: Memory ICsChapter 16: Programmable ICsChapter 17: Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)Chapter 18: Circuit Boards (PWBs and DWBs)Chapter 19: HybridsChapter 20: Multichip Modules (MCMs)Chapter 21: Alternative and Future TechnologiesAppendix A: Assertion-Level LogicAppendix B: Positive Logic versus Negative LogicAppendix C: Reed-Muller LogicAppendix D: Gray CodesAppendix E: A Reed-Muller Extraction UtilityAppendix F: Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs)Appendix G: Pass-Transistor LogicAppendix H: No-Holds-Barred Seafood Gumbo