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  • By wiredweird on December 26, 2005

    Maxfield's book is unique, both in format and in content. And I'm not just talking about the gumbo recipe at the end.The first section, almost 150 pages, is "logic lite." It starts with transistors, both MOS and bipolar. From there it works its way up to simple latches and such, and scratches the surface of state machines, with side trips to boolean arithmetic and such. The breezy, informal style will work for people put off by more academic treatments, but the logic design content stops way short of what any other basic logic text would present.The second, longer section covers material sorely missing from all other logic texts I know. It starts with the simpler parts of silicon fab process, then goes through all kinds of printed circuits and hybrid packages giving a fair tour of the basic printed curcuit (PC) processes that were current when the book was written (1995). It even goes into gutsy stuff like the copper patterns in PC processes that have to do with heat flow during soldering. All those real-world facts earned this book an extra star. The "far out technology" chapter at the end is an interesting read, too, with its discussions of nano, optical, and molecular computing.The book's weaknesses are significant, though. It would work well with any of several companion texts that would cover what this misses. That includes more advanced logic techniques, like alternatives to gate-level implementation and all the fussy bits of state machines. A standard logic text (e.g. Katz) would fill in those blanks. Going in a different direction, it does only a little towards talking about how PC layout interacts with logic design. More about ground planes, guard rings, power decoupling, RF emissions, etc. would fit well with the detail presented here, espcially when you see how much time and effort it already spends on "vias" vs. "holes." The little bit of analog discussion from the front would help here - why inductive effects matter at high frequencies, why distributed capacitance is different from lumped, why you'd have a high-value and low-value capacitor in parallel, and why that ceramic cap near the power input has a saw cut in the edge. A third possible direction would be the way Wirth's book on circuit design for CS students went: into the higher levels of design, letting tools attend to the lower levels. The biggest flaw is in treating FPGAs as exotic, out-there technology - by 1995, they were well into the main stream, and have very nearly killed off discrete logic and ASICs in many areas.If you just want a light-weight intro to logic design and to the physical circuits that carry it, this is OK. It could have been better in all directions and, at this 2005 writing, you should check it's sell-by date. I gave it the fourth star for addressing PCs and mounting at all, not for addressing them well.//wiredweird

  • By A Curmudgeon in Brookeville on December 9, 2016

    As an embedded software engineer, I had a great time reading it. It was fun & informative.Only issue I had was that the publisher didn't assemble the book correctly: one of the sections (in the printing/binding context) was duplicated, while another section was missing.

  • By CJS on July 23, 2016

    Loved this book, a lot of normally dry information presented in a zany, memorable and happy way. A good intro to computing and a good refresher.

  • By B. Jones on March 1, 2018

    Great book. Prompt delivery.

  • By gmcastle on October 19, 2015

    Decent book that was recommended for one of my classes. Added to my comp sci library and will be referencing when I need after I get a job.

  • By Thomas Dunham on March 18, 2005

    As a student finishing my B.S. in Computer Science, I very badly needed something to liven up my CPU architecture and discrete math classes, which were horribly boring.This book not only did a GREAT job of clarifying the finer points of boolean logic, but somehow managed make it interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the nuts-and-bolts behind what makes your computer tick.

  • By jumpy1 on November 7, 2001

    Clive Maxfield is brilliant and has a great sense of humor. If you don't believe me, ask his mother (he tells us so in the book). As a person who has opted out of math and science since the age of 15, I felt I needed more background to continue on in computer programming. This book has not disappointed me, although for my level, I've used the Web site How Stuff to explain things as well, and the two complement each other perfectly. But this book is so much more than that. It got me excited about math in a way I wish my school teachers had years ago. It showed me I could understand all of this garbage, if only my teachers had 1/2 the true enjoyment he has! Maybe Mr. Maxfield should help rewrite kids' textbooks and then they'd actually enjoy doing their homework.

  • By Karl D Libsch on February 7, 2014

    Great book.Thanks Max. Easy to read (some chapters may require a little thought). Recommend buying the book as the illustrations are excellent and are much harder to see in the Kindle edition.

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