If you’re looking for a great introductory book to the science of electricity, Electricity 1-7 is the right book to start with. This book is especially great for any apprentice electricians out there just beginning to get their heads wrapped around what electricity is.
Electricity 1-7 is one of the best visual and technical books out there. There are great diagrams on literally every page, from beginning to end. The book starts out assuming you know absolutely nothing about electricity and begins with the structure of matter, energy, atoms, compounds, and molecules. It takes you on a great journey through the science of electricity, how we test it, and what various types of circuits and loads do to an electric circuit.
Each “chunk” of the book is numbered 1-7, representing separate books within the overall book. Electricity 1 covers the fundamentals of basic electrical theory. Electricity 2 covers various types of circuits and introduces Ohm’s Law.
Electricity 3 goes into Alternating Current, Electromagnetism, and Transformers. Electricity 4 dives into RLC circuits and inductive, resistive, and capacitive loads in general. Electricity 5 introduces various pieces of test equipment, though very old due to the age of the book, and talks about how they work to measure electric values. Electricity 6 covers the various methods of power generation and power sources including, batteries, generators, and more. Finally, Electricity 7 concludes the book with a deep dive into the various classes of AC and DC motors.
This is hands-down the book I recommend the most, to beginner electricians or anyone beginning to try understanding electricity on a deeper level. Yes, it was written in the ’60s, but it’s surprisingly relevant to this day. The only part that’s useless is the many pages of descriptions and diagrams that show how old analog multimeters function. Today, we use digital testers and multimeters for everything, so for the most part you can skip over the old test equipment – unless you’re just a nerd and want to know.