Bebop to the Boolean Boogie - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750675437, 9780080476025

Bebop to the Boolean Boogie

2nd Edition

An Unconventional Guide to Electronics

Authors: Clive Maxfield
eBook ISBN: 9780080476025
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 26th December 2002
Page Count: 500
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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

Key Features

  • The difference between the analog and digital worlds.

  • What logic gates are and how to make them from transistors.


Electrical and electronic engineers, technicians, and technical marketing personnel.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Fundamental Concepts Chapter 1: Analog versus Digital Chapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals Chapter 3: Conductors and Insulators; Voltage, Current, Resistance, Capacitance, and Inductance Chapter 4: Semiconductors: Diode and Transistors Chapter 5: Primitive Logic Functions Chapter 6: Using Transistors to Build Primitive Logic Functions Chapter 7: Alternative Numbering Systems Chapter 8: Binary Arithmetic Chapter 9: Boolean Algebra Chapter 10: Karnaugh Maps Chapter 11: Using Primitive Logic Functions to Build More Complex Functions Chapter 12: State Diagrams, State Tables, State Machines Chapter 13: Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Chapter 14: Integrated Circuits (ICs) Chapter 15: Memory ICs Chapter 16: Programmable ICs Chapter 17: Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) Chapter 18: Circuit Boards (PWBs and DWBs) Chapter 19: Hybrids Chapter 20: Multichip Modules (MCMs) Chapter 21: Alternative and Future Technologies Appendix A: Assertion-Level Logic Appendix B: Positive Logic versus Negative Logic Appendix C: Reed-Muller Logic Appendix D: Gray Codes Appendix E: A Reed-Muller Extraction Utility Appendix F: Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs) Appendix G: Pass-Transistor Logic Appendix H: No-Holds-Barred Seafood Gumbo


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About the Author

Clive Maxfield

Clive "Max" Maxfield received a BS in Control Engineering from Sheffield Polytechnic, England in 1980. He began his career as a mainframe CPU designer for International Computers Limited (ICL) in Manchester, England. Max now finds himself a member of the technical staff (MTS) at Intergraph Electronics, Huntsville, Alabama. Max is the author of dozens of articles and papers appearing in magazines and at technical conferences around the world. Max's main area of interest are currently focused in the analog, digital, and mixed-signal simulation of integrated circuits and multichip modules.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineer, TechBytes, and Editor of EDA industry consultant, EDN columnist, and Embedded Systems Guru


“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

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