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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"From Atoms to Amperes" by F.A. Wilson

From Atoms to Amperes by F. A. Wilson
Published in 1989, Bernard Babani Publishing LTD (London, The Grampians, Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7NF)

I love this book. Mine is now held together by duct tape and crazy glue. Doug, WB5TKI, reports spotting a copy on sale on Amazon for $50 (go for it!). Here is a question for our British readers: Who is F.A. Wilson? There is almost nothing about him on the web, other than references to this and other similarly brilliant technical books. He was writing in the 1980s and 90s. What a great knack he has for explaining this stuff.
First sentence:
We are not physicists whose mission in life is to dig deeply into the mysteries of the universe but people wishing to know something about what makes electricity tick.

Explains in crystal clear terms the absolute fundamentals behind electricity and electronics. Really helps you to discover and understand the subject, perhaps for the first time ever.

Have you ever:

• Wondered about the true link between electricity and magnetism? • Felt you could never understand the work of Einstein, Newton, Boltzmann, Planck and other early scientists? • Just accepted that an electron is like a little black ball? • Got mixed up with e.m.f. and p.d. ? • Thought the idea of holes in semiconductors is a bit much?

Then Help is at hand with this inexpensive book, in as simple a way as possible and without too much complex mathmematics and formulae.


  1. The publisher still exists and is run by the son of the original owner. I would start with an email to

    enquiries at babanibooks.com

    and see if they can help.


  2. I picked up a copy on eBay this week and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive.

    There are a few technical books like this that are out of print and go for exorbitant prices. I'm still trying to locate a copy of "Shortwave Receivers Past & Present" but I really don't want to spend the over $100 that I see it going for.

  3. Where can I get a copy and sent to Mexico? This sounds like an intriguing book?

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  5. Stephen Walters G7VFYFebruary 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Frederick Arthur Wilson, wrote From Atoms to Amperes, and a lot more besides.

    If you run this search, you'll see he wrote rather a lot of educational books.



    Stephen Walters G7VFY

  6. It’s getting cheaper averaging 15-18 for a copy although there are still people selling it for more, I just ordered one!😀


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