The Art of Electronics (AoE) is perhaps the most popular electronics book of all time, often referred to as “the bible”. But while many people, myself included, have found it illuminating, many others deride it for its apparent disorganization and lack of theory. For this reason, there are often heated debates regarding its usefulness as a beginner’s electronics book.
Certainly AoE isn’t “the book” for everyone interested in electronics; I don’t know of a single text that is. But AoE is the book that finally helped me start understanding electronic circuits, something that many other electronics books before it failed to do. So I think it would be beneficial to address the two most common criticisms of AoE that I’ve seen, and discuss why AoE was a great help to me.