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published March 2007


ANALOG SEEKrets (DC to daylight) is a text book for senior under-graduate electronics designers and final-year physics students taking an electronics option. It will also be useful to recent graduates who seek increased skill in the field of electronics design. Even seasoned "digital engineers" will benefit from the analog insights presented in this book

To really find out what is in the book, take a look at both the contents and the index, PDF versions of which are linked below.




Introduction (and explanation of SEEKrets)

Do you know when and where to use cheaper components in a design?

Do you know how to make accurate measurements of electronic quantities such as voltage, current and resistance?

Are you uncertain about how to tolerance your designs?

Do you know which capacitor dielectrics to avoid in your application?

Do you know how to find intermittent faults in digital circuits which only occur now and then?

Do you know why AC measurement uncertainty is greater than the measurement uncertainty of the measuring device?

... perhaps there is more you should know!

Did you spot the Appendix titles, answering specific questions in detail? Perhaps you missed the Encyclopaedic Glossary, 89 pages long. Rather than giving a one-line description of a term the Encyclopaedic Glossary dives in and gives you the necessary background and detail.

specification: Paperback with "perfect binding", size 234 mm x 156 mm (Metric Royal Quarto), >570 pages, >50 tables, >65 drawings, >70 graphs, >200 circuit snips. Weight 0.92 kg approx. ISBN 978-0-9555064-0-6

This textbook has been written by a practicing electronics designer for the following specific groups:

1. Final year or Masters students in Electronic Engineering and related subjects.

2. Final year Physics students taking an Electronics option.

3. Junior design engineers with a thirst for knowledge.

4. Practicing electronics designers who seek a broader in-depth skill set.

This is a very practical textbook. Noise reduction is a typical problem for any project containing analog electronics. The ability to solve noise problems marks the key difference between a beginner and a seasoned professional. You cannot solve noise problems by just using packaged wisdom such “use a single point ground”. There are real physical principles and techniques involved that need to be understood in order to be successfully applied. These principles and techniques are explained in depth within this book.


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About the Author: Having spend a few years designing the signal conditioning circuitry for state of the art 7˝ digit premium DMMs at Datron Instruments, he gained considerable insight and expertise in the precision measurement of voltage, current and resistance. This is the “DC end” of the spectrum, the maximum bandwidth of the true-RMS converters being a mere 1 MHz. Moving on from this he designed digital storage oscilloscope front ends for Gould Instruments, starting on a modest 20 MHz scope and working his way up to 500 MHz scopes. During this period he also designed various high-CMRR active differential probes, a mains harmonic suppression generator, and an impulse generator rated at 100,000 V and 30,000 A. The load resistor was rated for >10,000,000 W transients! Due to large corporate buyouts he was also designing 0.1% accurate digital storage oscilloscopes for Nicolet Technologies during the same period.

Up to present time, he is now designing mm-wave/THz imaging systems for security applications. The only information we could drag out of him was that he occasionally works on microvolt sensitivity sub-kilohertz amplifiers on the same day as he is designing imaging systems and components running really really fast. (Above 200 GHz is the closest we could tie him down to!)

The author has a long history of writing articles for the commercial technical press, which assures readability to the intended audience.

List of the author's published work


The paperback is now out of print.

In the UK students now have no grants and excessive tuition fees. The very people who most need this book cannot afford it!

Practicing engineers may feel they don't need the knowledge contained in this book. It can be hard to realise what one is missing out on.

I have therefore decided to release this book in PDF form. This makes the data available to everyone who cares to look. Hopefully many satisfied readers will then make a financial contribution to the author via PayPal,, even for as little as $3.

Please do not feel obligated to contribute (or guilty if you do not) if you are a student, retired or unemployed.

The down load has crashed my old website so I have uploaded the book to scribd. You do not need to pay anything to them but you will have to upload something. How about uploading a Shopping List, or a Christmas List or a Bucket List!

SCRIBD: Analog SEEKrets (PDF) The download is 9.4MB


This book is now OUT OF PRINT. There are no copies available from any distributor or from this website. You can no longer buy ANALOG SEEKrets from your favourite online or retail bookshop.


These links to PDF documents give answers to all questions in the book, apart from those where the answer is already given in the text. These answers form part of the package that you buy with the book; as such they are copyrighted and password protected. The password is given in the preface of the book.

Answers: Chapter 2

Answers: Chapter 3

Answers: Chapter 4

Answers: Chapter 5

Answers: Chapter 6

Answers: Chapter 7

Answers: Chapter 8

Answers: Chapter 9

Answers: Chapter 10

Answers: Chapter 11

Answers: Chapter 12

Answers: Chapter 13

Answers: Chapter 14

Answers: Chapter 15

Answers: Chapter 16

Answers: Chapter 17

Answers: Chapter 18

Answers: Chapter 19

Answers: Chapter 20

Publisher: Future Science Research Press, High Street, Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK.