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    1. Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
    by Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
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    Asin: 0471056693
    Catlog: Book (2000-10)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 41994
    Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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    The first edition, published in 1973, has become a classic reference in the field. Now with the second edition, readers will find information on key new topics such as neural networks and statistical pattern recognition, the theory of machine learning, and the theory of invariances. Also included are worked examples, comparisons between different methods, extensive graphics, expanded exercises and computer project topics. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Duda, Hart and Stork's "Pattern Recognition"
    The original book by Duda and Hart has been the bible of the machine learning community. In recent years there has been a spate of books aspiring to that mantle. For the most part, these have suffered from being too close to the subject of statistical inference in its current incarnation. One suspects they will quickly grow dated, as the current machine learning fads-du-jour pass.

    In contrast, the revised version of the book, ably sheparded by David Stork, stays true to the vision of the original. It elaborates the fundamental issues underlying machine learning in a clear manner, with a keen eye for the broad perspective. The reader should be aware though that in order to make the text extremely accessible, some of it is misleadingly simplified, and some crucial references are left out.

    The book is clearly written, and should be understandable by any technically trained undergraduate or graduate student. All in all, a joy to have on one's shelf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars not exactly a revision
    The 1973 book by Duda and Hart was a classic. It surveyed the literature on pattern classification and scene analysis and provided the practitioner with wonderful insight and exposition of the subject. In the intervening 28 years the field has exploded and there has been an enormous increase in technical approaches and applications.

    With this in mind the authors and their new coauthor David Stork go about the task of providing a revision. True to the goals of the original the authors undertake to describe pattern recognition under a variety of topics and with several available methods to cover each topic. Important new areas are covered and old but now deemed less significant are dropped. Advances in statistical computing and computing in general also dictate the topics. So although the authors are the same and the title is almost the same (note that scene analysis is dropped from the title) it is more like an entirely new book on the subject rthan a revision of the old. For a revision, I would expect to see mostly the same chapters with the same titles and only a few new chapters along with expansion of old chapters.

    Although I view this as a new book, that is not necessarily bad. In fact it may be viewed as a strength of the book. It maintains the style and clarity of the original that we all loved but represents the state-of-the-art in pattern recognition at the beginning of the 21st Century.

    The original had some very nice pictures. I liked some of them so much that I used them with permission in the section on classification error rate estimation in my bootstrap book. This edition goes much further with beautiful graphics including many nice three-dimensional color pictures like the one on the cover page.

    The standard classical material is covered in the first five chapters with new material included (e.g. the EM algorithm and hidden markov models in Chapter 3). Chapter 6 covers multilayer neural networks (a totally new area). Nonmetric methods including decision trees and the CART methodology are covered in Chapter 8. Each chapter has a large number of relevant references and many homework exercises and computer exercises.

    Chapter 9 is "Algorithm-Independent Machine Learning" and it includes the wonderful "No Free Lunch" theorem (Theorem 9.1), a discussion of the minimum desciption length principle, overfitting issues and Occam's razor, bias - variance tradeoffs,resampling method for estimation and classifier evaluation, and ideas about combining classifiers.

    Chapter 10 is on unsurpervised learning and clustering. In addition to the traditional techniques covered in the first edition the authors include the many advances in mixture models.

    I was particularly interested in that part of Chapter 9. There is good coverage of the topics and they provide a number of good references. However, I was a bit disappointed with the cursory treatment of bootstrap estimation of classification accuracy (section 9.6.3 on pages 485 - 486). I particularly disagree with the simplistic statement "In practice, the high computational complexity of bootstrap estimation of classifier accuracy is rarely worth possible improvements in that estimate (Section 9.5.1)". On the other hand, the book is one of the first to cover the newer and also promising resampling approaches called "Bagging" and "Boosting" that these authors seem to favor.

    Davison and Hinkley's bootstrap text is mentioned for its practical applications and guidance for bootstrapping. The authors overlook Shao and Tu which offers more in the way of guidance. Also my book provides some guidance for error rate estimation but is overlooked.

    My book also illustrate the limitations of the bootstrap. Phil Good's book provides guidance and is mentioned by the authors. But his book is very superficial and overgeneralized with respect to guiding practitioners. For these reasons I held back my enthusiasm and only gave this text four stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Text and Reference Tool
    If you think that some method such as SVM is the "holy grail" of machine learning and pattern recognition and are interested only in an in-depth coverage of that specific tool, this book is not for you. If, however, you want to understand the basic concepts and methods employed by a broad range of researchers and scientists, I highly recommend buying it.

    The book covers a broad range of topics in pattern recognition. Its explanations are lucid, and its illustrations are helpful. The book is well-written and well-organized. When using this book as part of a low-level graduate course, I was not particularly impressed. Recently, however, I have found myself frequently going back to the book to refresh my understanding of the basic idea of some topic. I recommend PC as a companion text for a course in pattern recognition. I also recommend purchasing the book for private use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Pattern Recognition
    This book is full of useful algorithms, as well as the theory behind them. The explanations are good, although they sometimes require reading them several times to fully grip what is going on and why it works (but this is the case with many useful algorithms). This is a must-have for pattern rec work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely The Best
    Everything You ever want to know about the subject for intermediate .
    Handbook of industries methods and algorithms for advanced .
    Together with Mitchell perfect for beginners . ... Read more

    2. National Electrical Code 2005 Softcover Version (National Fire Protection Association National Electrical Code)
    by NFPA
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    Asin: 0877656231
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-22)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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    3. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series)
    by Bobby Owsinski
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    Asin: 0872887235
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
    Publisher: Artistpro
    Sales Rank: 5180
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Secrets of the top recording engineers revealed at mixdown! Learn the evolution of mixing, regional mixing styles, the six elements of a mix, rules for arrangements and principles of building your mix! Learn the secrets of EQ and magic frequencies along with adding effects, EQing reverbs, sonic layering of effects, calculating the delay time and much more! This book extensively covers stereo mixing with an expansive chapter on mixing in 5.1 surround. Plus, it includes an incredible third section filled with interviews with the top engineers in the field such as George Massenburg, Allen Sides, Bruce Swedien and over a dozen more! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Book on Mixing
    "Mixing Engineer's Handbook" teaches what the engineer greats of various genres do to get great mixes. It has really helped me understand different approaches to mixing, as well as taught quite a few nice tips and tricks. I learned a lot from it, even though I have been recording and mixing professionally for over 10 years. In my bookshelf there are a LOT of books abour recording and mixing, and this one clearly stands out as the best. Another good book I'd like to recommend is "Professional Microphone Techniques", which also features a a nice chapter on EQing. The interviews have also been a great help when making purchase decisions for new studio gear.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book. My copy is worn out .
    It is worth buying just for those two or three magic tricks you may have been missing from your mix. But its also a fun read, full of interviews that give you a broad spectrum of opinions and war stories from some of the industry's best. Good nerdy discussions/debates on things like modern compression techniques. This book can really fill in the gaps for you and get you caught up with the big boys at the mixing console.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    It hit the spot. Exactly what i was looking for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars After going back through the book, changed to 5 stars!
    Upon deeper inspection of the contents of this book, I had to change my review. I am finding this book absolutely phenomenal.
    I thought at first that there were too many interviews (nearly half the book) and not enough real tips and guidelines. I was wrong. The first half of the book gives some good starting points and tips (EQ settings, Compression ratios/settings, mixing in effects etc...) What I have found to be almost more valuable are the interviews. They are full of tips and "here's how I achieve this sound" type of comments.

    This is only my second day I've really been digging in to this book and applying it to my work. I've already seen drastic improvements. I wish I had found this book when it first came out! This is cetainly not the end all solution to every recording question you may have, but I have found this book to be worth every cent I spent on it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Golden Ears
    This book is really about the things that top mix engineers say they pay attention to most in mixing. It gives the reader insight into the ideas that have moulded their thinking, and listening skills. Equipment lists are supplied, but there is not a lot of discussion about how to set up the gear in detail. This is a good thing, because a book can not deliver the kind of understanding that listening to recordings can give. You can easily get the CDs that are discussed to hear what each mix engineer is talking about. There is more than enough information to duplicate some of the best mixes ever made if you want to.

    If you are constantly searching the net, or magazines for mix trix, and you want the best collection of these tricks available, stuff people hang out in studios for months, or years to acquire, then this book is for you. ... Read more

    4. Digital Image Processing (2nd Edition)
    by Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods
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    Asin: 0201180758
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 15242
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A non-commonly found textbook on Digital Image Processing
    I've been a senior researcher in Image Processing for more than 20 years, and my opinion of the book Digital Image Processing of Gonzalez and Woods, is that it is significantly superior to current books on image processing. The contents of the books are in the mainstream of work in this field, and the level of coverage is complete and written at a level that makes it an ideal textbook for seniors and first-year graduate students. The experience of the authors shows through in the way the material is presented and illustrated. The complementary web site is an outstanding teaching aid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good text book in image processing class
    A good book, clear and easy to understand, and it is also easy to implement the algorithms mentioned in the book into a real world program. I used it as a text book in image processing class. Compared to other books in image processing, this book is a clear winner. The only drawback is the price. Other thing to remember is that this book is old enough in the ever-progressed image processing and computer graphic field.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Needs some enhncements
    The book is fairly good but it lacks of examples

    5-0 out of 5 stars Low Price Edition
    On this site, there are already good reviews of this book.
    So I would like to post only a comment on the "Low Price" or "International" or "Indian" edition:


    The pages are almost transparent. While reading a face of a page, you can guess what is written on the other face. Definitely annoying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Serious Image Processing for Students and Practitioners
    This volume covers the waterfront of image processing from a reasonable introductory level. Refreshingly, it is much more than a cookbook. The authors pay attention to the physical principles that imaging and image manipulation are based on. With many quality images and examples, there is much for the less mathematically inclined to cut their teeth on while brushing up on their advanced math skills. The inclusion of many well chosen problems makes the book a valuable volume in a student's library. The book's associated web-site is a major bonus for the reader. I did find that some of the figure captions were challenging to interpret but the problem does not seem pervasive. Overall, I liked the book. It is a valuable addition to the image processing literature and to the image processing textbook selection. ... Read more

    5. Fundamentals of Power Electronics (Second Edition)
    by Robert W. Erickson, Dragan Maksimovic
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    Asin: 0792372700
    Catlog: Book (2001-01)
    Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
    Sales Rank: 101405
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of information with some open ended information
    I would agree with the other reviewer that this is not a "how to" book. The book approaches the subject from an academic viewpoint. The reader is expected to fill in between the lines with previous experience. It appears that the authors, professors as U of C, supplement the text with worked out examples for their students. I would recomend it to people already versed in the subject and want more information.I found it for half price and this makes it worth buying as a reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Execellent Book
    First off, this book is NOT a cookbook. It will not tell you how to design a power supply for a specific application. But this is not the books purpose. This book is written for those who wish to understand in depth knowledge of power conversion. It is written as a text book. If the reader took the time to understand what is written (and it is written well) then the person would be able to design a power supply for any application using any topolgy. It teaches you the first principles of power conversion in order for you to apply it. Out of all my power electronic books this is my favorite book by far. If you are a power supply designer this book is a must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerfully good
    Fundamentals of Power Electronics, by Erickson and Maksimovic, has become one of my new favorite reference books for DC-DC Converter design. My library is full of similar books, but most only contain insignificant bits of information, are needlessly difficult, or just plain worthless (but a requisite in the power engineering bookcase). The massive FPE combines the best of them all, exceeding even my former favorites (those by Tater, Billings, or Pressman). Although written as a textbook with the usual exercises at the end of each chapter (and frustratingly, with no answers) it is full of practical, applicable information. It has excellent chapters on inductors and transformers, with practical information such as inter-weaved windings for reduced leakage. It has one of the best treatments of Bode plots than any one book I have contains (I can now retire my old Valkenburg). Thankfully, it does not waste pages with useless Nyquist or other esoteric loop stability analysis methods. Nice index and appendix. I wish Maksimovic had included a section on his famous switched-capacitor circuit, even if not technically a power circuit. I highly recommend this book for any engineer seriously involved in power electronics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding presentation and development
    This book helped me to really understand beyond the conceptual level. This book will guide the reader through the different aspects of analysis and design of power electronics systems without left behind the very practical hints. The course slides from the book web site are an excellent resource for instructors using this book. I dare my self to say that this book after Kassakian's is the best book in power electronics.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fundamentals of Power Electronics lacks practicality.
    I had bought this book to get a fundamental understanding of how to build a circuit for a particular application. Forget it! After reading this book, I defy the beginner to build a practical circuit to do what he needs from this textbook. Essentially I found the treatment to be reminiscent of all the badly written textbooks that I and others had to endure in college engineering courses -- heavy emphasis on trivial detail, whil glossing over the really vital knowledge that is actually needed in the real world. There were no practical examples worked out that were of any interest in the real world. This is typical with textbooks written by college profs. For someone with no fundamental knowledge of electronics, except perhaps having a vague memory for what a resistor, capacitor and inductor does, this book does little to ease one into a fundamental understanding of power electronics. Specific examples include the lack of any explanation as to what an oscillting "switch" is. Is this cryptic piece electronics hardware a common off the shelf product? If so, it would be nice to have a brief explanation of just what exactly it is made of. Is it in the family of semiconductors? Who knows! This textbook certainly doesn't even attempt to warm the reader up to this exotic piece of hardware. Instead, it is introduced as if it came from some whitebread god, much like the dreary old physics textbooks did when going on and on about thermodynmics and quantum theory. The book would be vastly improved if the author took the time and effort to work out more useful examples. And this textbook is not unique in its overall lack of quality. I have yet to come across a textbook on power electronics that gives a working example of how to calculate and build for a circuit that most folks are really looking for: How to build a black box that transforms a low dc voltage into a pulsed high dc voltage.

    And therein lies the rub. ... Read more

    6. Lineman's and Cableman's Handbook
    by Thomas M. Shoemaker, James E. Mack
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    Asin: 0071362401
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-15)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars for all time - the Lineman's Bible
    This book was first printed in 1928, well after the trade first put on climbers. Since it's first printing it has been THE textbook for the lineman's trade. It has been used in virtually every apprentice program and was the companion of self taught linehands from the '30s on. Frequently updated, it remains the one place a linehand, beginner to veteran, can go for help. It has progressed with the technology of the trade, the regulations and codes, the materials, and the processes for doing very dangerous work in well thought out procedures that enable electric customers to maintain their service and even be unaware of the work of the power lineman.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for Journeymen and apprentices.
    This book is THE comprehensive guide that no Line man should be without. It is also an excellent source of information for anyone working with distribution and/or transmission system operation, construction, and maintenance. ... Read more

    7. Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
    by David J. Griffiths
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    Asin: 013805326X
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-30)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 14650
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    Features a clear, accessible treatment ofthe fundamentals of electromagnetic theory. Its lean and focused approachemploys numerous examples and problems.Carefully discussessubtle or difficult points. Contains numerous, relevant problems within thebook in addition to end of each chapter problems and answers. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Undergrad E&M Standard for Greatness.
    Interesting. Insightful. Conceptually Complete. Great Mathematical Notation. Great Explanations. All of these and more could be said about David Griffiths' incredible book on Introductory E&M. David's writing style is next to none, the text is never boring and extremely insightful. The various chapters are structured extremely well. It "flows" extrodinarily well from section to section. He conveys very well the enormous and far reaching applicability of the science of E&M.
    Griffiths often uses physical arguments by analogy instead of mathematical rigour to convey many physical ideas. He treats the math like it should be treated in physics, as a language to work with ideas, not as a hindrance blocking their meaning. His mathematical notation is so completely natural and reader friendly, you get used to it very quickly. The examples are insightful and the problems, while challenging, are well thought out.

    Every diamond has its fault, and this textbook's fault is its lack of a student solutions manual and answers in the back. However, the quality of writing GREATLY overwealms this fault, hence the 5 star rating. With this textbook, a good instructor, and a little hard work, you WILL learn E&M.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cool and informal
    This introductory book on Electrodynamics is one of the coolest and informal books I have ever read in my student life. I have used the book as an undergraduate and I still use it even now in my post-graduate study. The physical insights offered by the author in almost all the chapters are invaluable and interesting.Problems in Electrodynamics can be mathematically very demanding, but the book stands on it's own feet and the mathematical background required to use the book is more or less sufficient. The exercises are well thought-out /collected,but a major source of irritation is the lack of solutions or even answers for that matter. Dr Griffiths should understand that an elementary treatise such as this is used by a good proportion of the student community (who do not always have contact with a good teacher) for self-study. Such students need someone to hold his hands and be led into such an interesting area of classical physics. Moreover, when Landau can offer offer solutions to the problems in his Course of Theoretical Physics, Dr Griffiths shouldn't mind giving hints and solutions to the problems. If the author doesn't want to share the solutions in the textbook, a solutions manual should be sold in the market. However, a solution manual is available,from the publishers, but only for teachers who should be able to solve the problems on their own. Even many teachers have privately admitted the problems are beyond their capacity without suitable hints. So, how can the author expect students to solve most of the problems on their own? I have seen many students not following the book, precisely due to lack of solutions , and due to that I can only give four stars out of five. Also, the author needs to dispense with the idea of introducing new concepts in the exercises. But if one forgets that, I would say, the book is surely raccommended to beginners and a good book to start with before graduating to Jackson.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What the hell is this?
    This book sucks. Griffths, if you can spend your most time typying FREE solution manual for instructors, and let them cut and copy it and scan them on to their class website, why don't you offer students a solution manual. Why do we have to spend 100 bucks for this thing. I really don't understand the people that wrote GOOD reviews about this book. no answers in the back. skip steps in examples, the author is trying to punk you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Positives & Negatives
    I'll begin with the NEGATIVES because there are fewer:

    - No solutions and difficult end-of-chapter problems for some of the chapters make it very difficult to use this outside of a class
    -Examples are good but they ill-prepare you for the end-problems

    -Very easy to read
    -Good descriptions and explanations of phenomena
    -Good simple examples with straightforward solutions (would like more)

    Overall, I give it a 4/5. It's the first book I've used to study E&M beyond basic physics and I was mostly happy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best around.
    This book is wonderful. I used it for a 1 year junior-level course at UERJ and I can say it was perfect.

    I really don't understand the people that wrote bad reviews about this book. First of all, they seem not to understand that this book is AN INTRODUCTION. There exist excellents books on advanced material (Jackson, Schwinger...), but I doubt anyone has begun with those.

    Some of those reviewers say that the math in the book is too elementary. So what? This is a EM course, not a Mathematical Physics one. If you want to struggle with Bessel or others horribles special functions, get Griffiths problems and change them by yourself so that the eigenfunctions are those you want. If you want Green's function, go ahead, you can solve lots of Griffiths' problems with it. But this is not the point. This is a physics book, and the discussion on the fenomena are very good. In my opinion the math used is that you do need to understand the physics.

    Other constant complaint is the lack of problem solutions saying that without them you cannot know if you're learning. Well, particularly, it didn't bother me. The problems are very well selected and cover a wide range of difficulty. The easy ones should tell you if you're doing well. And, despite of what others have said, the problems make this a very good book for self-studying.

    Finally, I don't understand the complaints about Griffiths' colloquial style. Some other (well celebrated) authors share the same informal writing style and everybody call them genious. Actually, this makes the book very pleasant to read thorough leaving the hard work to the problems. ... Read more

    8. Discrete-Time Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
    by Alan V. Oppenheim, Ronald W. Schafer, John R. Buck
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    Asin: 0137549202
    Catlog: Book (1999-02-15)
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    Sales Rank: 14730
    Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The DSP Bible
    As others have said, this is the DSP bible. I have worked in the field of DSP as a post-grad student, lecturer ("professor") and an R&D engineer for over 10 years now and this book is in my "must-have" collection. It is the book I learnt my DSP from; it is the book I have taught DSP from; it is a very good reference book for the practicioner.

    Having said that, I should also point out what I believe this book is not (and why it gets only 4 stars) : it is not a good book for self-learning. If this is what you are after, I recommend Rick Lyons' book "Understanding Digital Signal Processing" (five stars from me).

    If you are a mechanical engineer learning DSP, I suggest asking your local Bruel & Kjaer representative if he'll give you a copy of Bob Randall's "Frequency Analysis" published by B&K (ISBN 87 87355 07 8; "only" 3.5 stars, but 4.5 stars if you're a mechanical engineer).

    4-0 out of 5 stars On the difference between 2nd Edition and 1st Edition
    I used the author's book "Digital Signal Processing" in my college study, and I also read and cite the 1st Edition of
    "Discrete-Time Signal Processing" during my work experience. That's a very good reference. But I don't have the
    2nd Edititon.

    However, after going through the Table Of Contents of the 2nd Edition of "Discrete-Time Signal Processing", I
    think Oppenheim&Schafer did a resaonable tradeoff to reflect state of the art in DSP domain.

    They add: Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) which is mostly used in image compression, Multirate Signal
    Processing which is used widely in modern DSP, and Oversampling and Noise Shaping Sampling for A/D and D/A

    In consequence, they remove: Lattice Structure, IIR Filters Design, Cepstrum Analysis (often used in speech
    signal processing) and Homomorphic Signal Processing, which are a bit sophisticated. And I guess the reason to
    remove IIR Filter Dsign is there exists many computer-aided tools on digital filter design, and made this very easy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Ok beginners book
    This book seems to follow the disappointing (to me at least) model of many engineering texts--that being the reluctance to present new mathematical concepts/techniques. Almost every mathematical concept/technique used in this book was already covered by the prerequisite text by Oppenheim, "Signals and Systems." It would seem that a subject so entrenched with complex numbers and polynomials could be taught in such a manner that would include theorems and concepts from these well-established mathematical disciplines. Note that I did not read the chapter on Hilbert transforms, or the section on the Discrete Cosine Transform, so I cannot comment on them. I did read all other sections. The sections on random signals do introduce new concepts, but they were only put in as a quick review of concepts meant to be studied in a random processes class. On the other hand, this is a very readable book, which has proven very useful. It does present MANY new engineering concepts. If analytic function theory had been introduced, this book probably would not have room left to be as complete a reference for existing introductory DSP theory. However by avoiding the math it has limited the continuing students ability to develop insight into deeper theory, or develop new theory.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good reference
    This book has its share of shortcomings, but overall, it is probably the best and most complete reference on DSP. Unfortunately, it does skip a few important topics. For example, the second edition threw out the section on designing IIR bandpass and highpass filters from lowpass prototypes. This section used to be in the first edition and is VERY important, so I don't see how Oppenheim & Schafer could have justified throwing it out. They also conspicuously left out filter design based on the frequency sampling method. But in spite of these omissions, it's hard to recommend another book over this one. The one that comes closest is Mitra's.

    In the end, if you want to learn DSP and work in the field, you have to have this book, as well as the ones by Mitra, Proakis & Manolakis, Jackson, and, of course, Rabiner & Gold. If you get all those, you'll have the complete reference of CORE DSP texts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reference or introduction?
    I found this book to be an excellent fundamental text about DSP. But is it a good introductory book for beginners? Well, it depends... The book covers the essential topics in great depth and that means every one of its 800+ pages is packed with concepts and details and examples. The style is clear, but the amount of information can be a little overwhelming when you read it for the first time. If you have time, patience, a good maths background, the desire to master the subject, and someone to clarify your doubts, this can be the best first book on DSP you could ever buy. If you just want to learn the basics, and don't have much time or patience you should probably look elsewhere. ... Read more

    9. Sonet/SDH Third Edition
    by Walter Goralski
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    Asin: 0072225246
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-04)
    Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 167872
    Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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    Get comprehensive coverage of fiber optics, next generation SONET architecture, deployment, equipment, and services with this practical guide. Including details on SDH,advanced payload pointers, ring configuration, customer and carrier advantages, and more, this book thoroughly explains this emerging method of high speed data transmission. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars this is not your book if you want hardcore technical details
    I can recommend this book to everyone who wants to get an overview on SDH/SONET capabilities and/or products but does not care for the protocol itself.

    But if you're looking for a good and correct description of the inner workings of the protocol you'd better not waste your time with this book. Check out the SDH/SONET bible: Broadband Networking: ATM, SDH and SONET by Mike Sexton and Andy Reid. It's expensive, but it's really worth the money.

    Goralski's book doesn't keep up with the promises of it's blurb. it has, like every book, some technical errors in it; errors which are IMHO worse enough not to buy this book. i wonder how this pointer-processing-example came into this book - horrors!


    5-0 out of 5 stars Easily read - full of historical and technical information !
    Goralski certainly did his research. He presents the SONET architecture in a way that most would find comfortable. I found myself knee deep in an FOA for DSL technologies beyond the NGDLC and needed SONET information FAST ! ! The book reads almost like a great novel, I can't put it down! Most books of it's size are rarely organized well, and serve mostly for technical references. Bravo for an excellant effort Mr. Goralski ! !

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Book To Start Sonet Studies
    This is very good book for beginners, and for those who wants to understand Sonet basics, but still it very general and lacks from some shallowness.
    So for designers and network operators it will be not so useful since it's not detailed enough.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy e-books...
    The content of the book, "SONET" is rather good: it covers history, architecture, equipment, lots of technical and implementation details. However, don't buy the e-book, consider the printed version. The rating really should be 0 stars, but 0 is not allowed...

    The e-book version is difficult to read, and the reader is cantankerous, lacks ALL of the advantages of a printed book, and has NO electronic advantages: it's bound to the PC it's loaded to, and cannot be moved. If your PC crashes, you're cooked. Plus, you can't return it if you find it's not the right book for you. I'll never buy another e-book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An accurate, well-aimed work
    As an author of technical books myself, I am always looking for titles that tell the story of a particular technology in a comprehensive, clearly-written and standards-oriented fashion. Walter Goralski's books do this and do it well. I own all of his titles, and the reason I like them (besides the author's sense of humor) is the fact that they are written around the standards that govern the telecommunications industry. Many companies interpret the standards and the terminology in different ways, which is fine - that's how they are designed. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to differences of opinion about meanings or interpretations. Walter sticks to the standards, however, always ensuring the availability of a literary technological benchmark.

    I strongly recommend the book. ... Read more

    10. National Electrical Code 2002
    by NFPA
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    Asin: 0877654603
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-19)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The #1 electrical reference, the 2002 National Electrical Code®, is now available through today's #1 electrical publisher, Delmar Publishers! The single most important reference in the electrical industry, the National Electrical Code® (NEC®), is updated every three years and outlines minimum standards for all types of electrical installations. Adopted as law by states, cities, and municipalities, the 2002 edition of the NEC® features newly adopted articles on transient voltage surge suppressors (Article 285), sensitive electronic equipment (Article 647), fuel cells (Article 692), and more! The latest administrative rules (e.g., Article 80) and safety rules (e.g., Article 100 on flash protection and Article 430 on motor disconnect locations) are also included. An excellent resource for anyone involved in electrical design, installation, and inspection, NEC® 2002 provides 100% of the information needed to meet Code and avoid costly errors in electrical installations of all types. Delmar is pleased to make this authoritative reference by the NFPA - containing the most widely accepted and most frequently used criteria for electrical installations in the U.S. - available directly from us for the convenience of our customers who work in and around the electrical trades. It may be used independently or as a companion to any electrical book, including Delmar's best-selling wiring series as well as our guides to understanding and using the NEC®. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars easy to understand
    Book contain useful topics, easy to understand, clear picture, helpful for practical work and passing exam. ... Read more

    11. Modern Control Engineering (4th Edition)
    by Katsuhiko Ogata
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    Asin: 0130609072
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-13)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 151388
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    This comprehensive treatment of the analysis and design of continuous-time control systems provides a gradual development of control theory—and shows how to solve all computational problems with MATLAB. It avoids highly mathematical arguments, and features an abundance of examples and worked problems throughout the book.Chapter topics include the Laplace transform; mathematical modeling of mechanical systems, electrical systems, fluid systems, and thermal systems; transient and steady-state-response analyses, root-locus analysis and control systems design by the root-locus method; frequency-response analysis and control systems design by the frequency-response; two-degrees-of-freedom control; state space analysis of control systems and design of control systems in state space. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Formulas done right
    This book is very good. I really like the way the formulas are given, with all the variables immediatelly defined. When reading it was amazing. As the questions arose in my mind as to what something meant, the next sentence or two satisfied my curiosity.
    While other books tend claim that a piece of information is "beyond the scope of this text" (yet then expect knowledge of the topic), Ogota takes a couple of extra paragraphs to explain the basics of what is needed for better understanding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Control system design the way it was meant to be!
    This is an excellent controls text. All concepts are beautifully explained and developed. The examples in the book are clear and concise and the exercises cover a broad range of control system design applications. One of the greatest perks of this book is the extensive coverage of MATLAB applications to control system design. Not only do you learn how to do it mathematically but you learn how to program and let MATLAB aid you. You get double the learning for the price of one text!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Art of modern control in one masterpiece!!!
    First of all, the book is written by an extraordinary authority in the field, one of few such professionals in the world. It covers the whole subject of modern control engineering, so if You know most of it, what is in the book, You know a lot of the subject. There are many clear and precise physical models, block diagrams, MatLab instructions, the results given by a computer, the problems solved or/and explained by the language of mathematics and theory of control. ALL IN ONE. The book is The Art of Modern Control Engineering. However, You have to have at least some physical and mathematical bases to learn and see the beauty and art of it all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Feedback Analysis & Design
    I used this book for two semesters. The only downside is that this book is too thick, but the new edition looks better. I found the MATLAB program(s) very useful, in addition to a bunch of solved sample problems at the end of each Chapter. I have been told that the latest edition has information on Signal Flow Graphs (Mason's Rule), which is very critical if you are analysing the topic of Controls from an Electrical Engineer's point of view.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books in control theory
    The most comprehensive textbook in control theory.very well explained and each chapter has at least a dozen of solved excersices. MATLAB is being used extensively to learn control applications.It can be used also as an introduction to advanced control. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ... Read more

    12. Control Systems Engineering
    by Norman S.Nise
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    Asin: 0471445770
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-22)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 25166
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Emphasizing the practical application of control systems engineering, the new Fourth Edition shows how to analyze and design real-world feedback control systems. Readers learn how to create control systems that support today's advanced technology and apply the latest computer methods to the analysis and design of control systems.
    * A methodology with clearly defined steps is presented for each type of design problem.
    * Continuous design examples give a realistic view of each stage in the control systems design process.
    * A complete tutorial on using MATLAB Version 5 in designing control systems prepares readers to use this important software tool.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very good book
    I have the pleasure to be taking professor Nise's control systems engineering class at Cal Poly Pomona. I have to say that this is an excellent book for control systems. there is a lot of material that is covered by this book. the examples are well presented and they really help you when working on the problems at the end of each chapter. Another plus is the powerpoint slides and the matlab supplementary material included in the CD-ROM. there are nice tutorials on MATLAB and Simulink. this is a definite must have. Highly recommended

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well presented and easy to understand
    This book is excellent!!. It is well presented and easy to understand. It did not assume that the reader knows the basic and explains the essence that is needed to follow through the subject. Control System is a subject that I had problem grasping while doing my undergraduates because I was thrown with all the mathematical formulas and left to make sense out of them. In short I did not learn much from school. Control system was a dark side for me until I discovered this book. Now I understand more than before and I am read it like a story book. This book made me helped so much that I am compelled to write this review. I wish I had this book earlier. This is the kind of book that I have been searching for all this while

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book in the field.
    This is the best book explaining Matlab in control engineering. With this book and "The Student Edition of Simulink" you can do any simulations in control engineering. A must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best for Undergraduate level
    As a contract engineer, I designed a brushless DC motor controller and my company needed a good reference for them to understand the control system. This was far better than all the books I read.
    Most people deal with low order control systems and don't want the math to get in the way of understanding the concept. But control systems is a big topic and not typically well explained.
    This book is first rate from begining to end; It derives clearly and consisely all math. Builds a good tool set of common place real world examples. And, explians concepts clearly with good illustration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Control Systems Made Easy
    This is the best book I have read on Control systems and It is for anyone who has been confused by other undergraduate Control System books. It explains everything in great detail. Every topic has been "thoroughly" dealt with and has simple to follow examples.

    It does not cover State Space design and Digital Controls extensively, (offcourse you need another volume to cover these topics). However whatever is covered on these two topics is very clear and would be a good bouncing board for someone who wants to pursue control systems in depth.

    Probably Mr. Norman would try to write a book or two on State-Space design and digital control systems in the near future ... EXCELLENT JOB MR. NORMAN S. NISE... :) ... Read more

    13. Photoshop Elements "X": The Missing Manual
    by Kate Binder
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10)
    Publisher: Pogue Press
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    14. A VHDL Primer (3rd Edition)
    by Jayaram Bhasker
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    Asin: 0130965758
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-16)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Unsynthesizable
    This is the WORST VHDL book there is.Don't buy this book if you plan to synthesize your code.The book looks good, but many examples are just plain wrong.This book is flamed in the industry.

    Buy Ashenden's Designer's Guide to VHDL if you need a good reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I appreciate Mr. Bhasker's book.
    I am a graduate student doing my Major in digital VLSI design. I strongly urge people to read the book written by Mr. Jayaram Bhasker on VHDL.I feel that there are no prerequisites for reading this. The main highlight of the book is the simplicity with whichits written. The author has really taken pains to make students understanddifficult ideas with ease.The other most striking feature are ample signal wave diagrams which YOU DONT FIND IN ANY OTHER BOOKS. My favorite chapter is the tutorial in Chapter2 and the last chapter on STATE MACHINES.

    I have gone through some other books but they never give fully written code examples. Mr. Bhasker has given complete code examples which you can synthesize easily and get the satisfaction of practically writing the code in a short time and observe the wave forms.

    This book is an excellent study material for people interested in learning VHDL .

    - Sameer Kadam

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely Organized for a "Kick Start Learning."
    This book nicely starts with the simple code writing and progresses to more complex topics in VHDL.The good thing is the author explained almost every topic with good clarity and has well connected different topics.I hope the next edition comes with more examples on test bench. A very keen information about the different types of modelling also helps to have a good attacking style for a sound digital designing. I would recommend this book to any beginner and there is no doubt this book is well fragmented with techniques about VHDL coding almost in every page.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Conceptual Guide, but get a Syntax book
    I am a student who has used this book as the required text for an inroductory VHDL course.It is extremely helpful in understanding VHDL processes and modeling techniques, but the author has a tendency to throw around jargon that a true beginner (as I was) may find hard to follow, and his rather poorly explained syntactical models can be difficult to understand.I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to truly understand VHDL from the ground up, but if this really is your first exposure to VHDL, I'd also strongly recommend some sort of a reference book on VHDL syntax.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is much more than a "Primer".
    I have taught VHDL and Verilog for a number of years and find this book to be one of the best "basics" book on the market.OneMUST read it slowly in order to absorb all the details given.Although I like the book, it comes up short in gluing subjects together--something I insist on in a book and in the classroom. More examples would be helpful and a little overview-flowcharting would help. ... Read more

    15. Electric Circuits (7th Edition)
    by James W. Nilsson, Susan Riedel
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    Asin: 0131465929
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-17)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 19191
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Electric Circuits, Seventh Edition features a redesigned art program, a new four-color format, and 75% new or revised problems throughout. In the midst of these changes, the book retains the goals that have made it a best-seller: 1) To build an understanding of concepts and ideas explicitly in terms of previous learning; 2) To emphasize the relationship between conceptual understanding and problem solving approaches; 3) To provide readers with a strong foundation of engineering practices. Chapter topics include Circuit Variables; Circuit Elements; Simple Resistive Circuits; Techniques of Circuit Analysis; The Operational Amplifier; Inductors, Capacitors, and Mutual Inductance; Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits; Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits; Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis; and more. For anyone interested in circuit analysis.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Lacking
    This textbook is missing so many of the key ingredients that make a good textbook -- I am still amazed at the large amount of instructors that continue to use this inefficient and lacking text as their main instruction manual.

    Using this in a circuits course probably will not help you and will make the subject more confusing most likely.If you have a poor instructor as well, consider yourself lost for the class.Get another text.The examples in here are so simple but then the homework problems make these conceptual leaps that prove quite challenging for students -- even engineering students.

    This book needs quite a bit of improvement before I would use it as my main circuits text.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Prepare yourself for a lot of work
    I am using this text right now in a circuit analysis course, and I believe the text is actually making the course harder than it needs to be.I have a number of years experience in electronics and have taken circuit analysis in the past (far past).This book, while doing a fair job on the basic explanation of the principals, uses trivial examples for illustration, then leaves you to figure out the more complex drill and homework problems with absolutely no help whatsoever.In addition, the authors and Prentice apparently think that a student solutions manual would hinder the education experience, so their solution set is illustrated only in the instructor's manual, which is unavailable to students.Consequently, you have no idea whether you have worked the problems correctly unless the instructor corrects them, or provides access to the solution manual somehow.If I'm working problems at 2 am, running to the library or the department office is not an option.The authors should redo this book completely and make it useful to students, rather than relying on the good graces of the teachers who use it.In the meantime, be prepared to do a lot of outside research to help you with the examples.Unless you have to have it for a class, send Prentice a message and buy a different book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Horrible
    I used this book for my introductory circuits class three years ago and, upon reflection, it was one of the worst books I was forced to buy in 4 years of engineering. The examples are too trivial to help with the problems, which are too hard because the explanations are horrible. My teacher wasn't much better at explaining the material, making this the worst class I have ever taken. But after taking more advanced circuits classes, I find them to be less appalling.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good book
    I find this book understandable and well written for an introductory textbook.I have limited circuit analysis background and after reading the book, gained a lot of understanding of the basics.Who would sell this book for 8 dollars baffles me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good & understandable First course in Electric Circuits
    After trying to read other electric circuits texts, such as by authors Dorf and Svoboda, this text is not easy but very understanable.

    For example Nilsson covers parallel and series RLC circutis that lead straight to 2nd Order differential equations; but he manages to find common ground so the math appears similar for both types of RLC circuits. Nilsson uses symbols and math notation normally found in popular Differential Equations textbooks.This is great since some electric circuits authors generally like to develop their own notation set -- which for students makes learning much longer and harder.

    Technical authors need to standardize math notation used in technical courses as a way to eliminate much of the inherent confusion that now exists in many technical textbooks. Authors quickly rushed to developing their own notation in order to later avoid publication problems dealing with plagiarism issues that some could later raise.

    Also, Nilsson coverage of Laplace is also clear.

    Problems at the end of chapter are typically way above the coverage of the chapter's material, but maybe someday all authors will stop doing this nonsense.Someday textbooks may even come packaged and sold with a partial solution manual to help students overcome difficult problems.

    Gerard J. Sagliocca, P.E.
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    16. Principles of Communication: Systems, Modulation and Noise, 5th Edition
    by R. E.Ziemer, W. H.Tranter
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    Asin: 0471392537
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-27)
    Publisher: Wiley
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    Sections on important areas such as spread spectrum, cellular communications, and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing are provided.
    * Computational examples are included, illustrating how to use the computer as a simulation tool, thereby allowing waveforms, spectra, and performance curves to be generated.
    * Overviews of the necessary background in signal, system, probability, and random process theory required for the analog and digital communications topics covered in the book.
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    17. American Electricians' Handbook
    by TerrellCroft, WilfordSummers
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    Asin: 0071377352
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-07)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 44633
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    * Since 1913, the single source blockbuster for all essential information on designing, installing, operating, and maintaining electrical systems and equipment
    * Includes advancements in fiber optic cables, grounding, arc-fault circuit interrupter devices, and transient voltage surge suppressors
    * Complete with the latest updates on National Electrical Code(R), National Safety Code, and NEMA motor and generator standards
    * Features new information on high efficiency motors and electronic control of motors
    * Provides the latest developments in circuit calculations, transformers, wiring tables, lamp applications tables, and more
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not a handbook
    I would NOT recommend this book to any electrician, engineer, or architect. It is extremely difficult to comprehend. Gaining any practical information from this book is futile. I have had the twelfth edition over ten years. I used it to study for the electricians exam. I hated it then. Since that time, I have found it to be a very poor reference book. The thirteenth edition is no better. I understand why some electrician training schools might use this book - it is very comprehensive. It would make a good reference for a classroom lesson plan, but not a direct teaching tool. If you want to learn the material in this book, get the National Electric Code Handbook (and related materials published by the NFPA) and appropriate textbooks. FYI - I am a licensed electrician and a registered professional engineer.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A patchwork monster
    Another motley McGraw-Hill product. First copyrighted in 1913. The author appears to have died prior to 1976, and the book has been maintained by hired help. Don't try to use this as a textbook; treat it as a reference only. You never really know whether some item is up to date or 50 or 80 years old. Examples: There is a lot of treatment of two-phase (yup, 90 degrees) power, including at 25 hertz, and of multi-kilovolt series incandescent streetlighting, plus knob and tube wiring. Also, it is stated that the highest radio frequency in use is 30 megahertz, whereas in reality we're up to 1,000 or 2,000 times that just now. This book is a curiousity; charming if you have the cash, but if you don't, maybe you should be getting something more coherent.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Every Serious or Professional Electrician
    W A R N I N G: This book is not for the weekend repairman!!!

    This is a very intense book for the professionals or for someone who would like to further their knowledge. This truely might be the last book an electrican will ever buy. A must for your library!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Electrician's Life-saver
    I originally purchased this book on the recommendation of another electician. Many electrician training schools use this same book to teach their students. I found it to be easy to comprehend, and to be a wealth of information that has helped me enormously in my work, and to prepare for Electrician's exams. I would recommend this to any electrician (Apprentice, Journeyman, etc. I have used and abused mine so much, that it's time for me to purchase another copy - that's how useful a tool it is. ... Read more

    18. RFID Handbook : Fundamentals and Applications in Contactless Smart Cards and Identification
    by KlausFinkenzeller
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    Asin: 0470844027
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-09)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 18430
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good collection of concepts
    This book has a very good collection of most of the concepts related to RFID and is very useful especially for beginners in RFID. I gave only 4 stars as I was dissappointed not to see any examples for any or almost all the concepts explained. For what it costs, I think it makes sense to add some examples liked to some important concepts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for understanding the concepts and applications
    If you are an Engineer looking to understand the history, technical aspects, implementation, standards and details of RFID systems, this book provides an excellent introduction for you.

    The chapters are well laid out and paced. The author explains the most common devices and systems available in the market, their technology and concepts quite well. Most of the RFID related standards have been covered along with relevant examples. The author covers such things as the hardware design specifications for devices, software requirements, and some basic RF concepts that are required to understand Transponder and Receiver designs.

    If you need specifics about recent products however, you might want to research for other sources of information because this book does not cover vendors and products in detail. For readers without technical background, the book introduces the concepts well; but some content might not be relevant because of the [technical] nature. ... Read more

    19. The Landscape Lighting Book
    by Janet LennoxMoyer
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    Asin: 0471451363
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-25)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 49569
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    A richly illustrated and up-to-date source of practical guidance and hard-to-find technical data on all aspects of landscape lighting

    The Landscape Lighting Book, Second Edition shows you how to achieve a wide range of beautiful and dramatic lighting effects. You'll get expert guidance and advice on the theory, design process, project needs, and techniques of landscape lighting. You'll find prizewinning projects designed by the author and other landscape lighting professionals throughout the United States. Plus, hundreds of diagrams, drawings, and black-and-white and full-color photographs illuminate topics and provide visually stunning insights into new and creative ways that lighting can transform landscapes. This fully updated edition covers the latest technologies and equipment and features new chapters on installation, documentation, and seasonal lighting. You'll also find:

    • Guidelines for preparing lighting drawings, control and transformer charts, symbol lists, and other technical specifications
    • Design strategies for avoiding potential conflicts between plantings and landscape lighting equipment
    • Accurate performance characteristics of all lighting materials, finishes, and fixtures
    • The best ways to locate fixtures, set appropriate light levels, and perform preventive system maintenance
    • The special lighting needs of plants in indoor environments
    • A complete listing of fixtures, controls, lamps, and accessories manufacturers and vendors

    Whether you're seeking to sculpt a landscape with light or make an outdoor space useable at night, The Landscape Lighting Book, Second Edition shares all the technical and creative insights you'll need to beautify your landscaping projects and consistently win client approval. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars expert opinion
    Still the best book for the professional.Invaluable resource for architects, landscape architects and landscape lighting designers.Broad and deep with plenty of technical information.I purchased this book in1992 and I bought it again today (an electrician friend "lost" myoriginal copy).A second edition (if planned) should include betterinformation about transformer regulation (the ability of a low voltagelighting transformer to maintain 12v under load) and voltage drop (thedreaded decrease in voltage through the main supply cable) which arepresented as formulae rather than actual measurements.Great photographsmostly of large scale projects.This book should be in every outdoorlighting designer's library. ... Read more

    20. Computer System Architecture (3rd Edition)
    by M. Morris Mano
    list price: $113.00
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    Asin: 0131755633
    Catlog: Book (1992-10-19)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 14707
    Average Customer Review: 2.73 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothign Exceptional, but not bad either
    This book is not very hard to follow if you dive down into it. Everything presented is presented in an easy to understand, clear way. The exercises and hypothetical computer architecture gets a little annoying, why learn a language that doesn't exist when there are hundreds out there that could actually be used for something other than a course in hardware?

    The problems are several. First of all, the author leaves many many avenues of obvious questions unexplored. This is a nice introduction to hardware, but it really doesn't get into much detail on some of the more complex areas such as ALU design. In keeping with his "skimming the surface" paradigm, the exercises at the end of the chapter are trivial to say the least. They will not challenge you if you were even remotely attentive while reading.

    The book isn't the worst out there, but I'm sure there are better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice and Simpe Introductory Book
    I have three of M. Mano's books and this one is the one I've liked the most. I found the author's exposition of the material good on average. I'm using this book for self-study. The book provides a nice overview of computer architecture by focusing on the basic concepts in manner that is not dependent on a particular real-life architecture.

    I must say however that I gotten up to chapter 11 and have become totally unmotivated to finish the book (only two chapters left). I've gone through most of the interesting problems of each chapter but have no clue to the 'correctness' of some of them since the book doesn't come with solutions.

    One thing that I really dislike about a book is the lack of an errata sheet. All of Mano's books I own lack an errata sheet. I've noticed some errors in the book although nothing major.

    Recommendation: As far as I know there are no really good books in the area of computer architecture. If you're looking for a simple introductory book on computer architecture, I would recommend this book. Avoid this book if you're looking for a more technical treatment on the subject.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn about the innards of a CPU
    It's hard for me to believe this book didn't get good reviews. It's an awesome book that succintly details the design of a CPU. The author uses a hands on approach by showing you how to design a simple CPU from scratch. Even though simple, this CPU has a useable set of instructions (including IO ones), interrupts, and a memory subsytem. RTL is used to convey what is done at each instruction cyle, which is great. For me, this is the first time
    I see a practical application of RTL. The book could have been more interesting if it provides an implementation in VHDL, or Verilog, but i guess that's left as an excercise for the reader.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Needs a little work...
    I've grown a love hate relationship with this book.
    I love it, because after attending a lecture in school and then reading the chapter from which the lecture was built on, I find the book to be an excellent resource of information. It'll clear up any confusion which I had, aswell as reitterating all the points discussed in class.
    I hate it, because I can't read ahead. Anytime I have tried to read a chapter which we have not yet learned, I have had a difficult time grasping the concepts and gaining an overall perspective of what the chapter is trying to teach you.
    If you are planning to learn all this material on your own without the benefit of a professor's teachings, then I probably would not reccommend this book to you. If on the other hand, you do have some other source of learning and are just looking for an additional source to keep your mind fresh on the topics (and maybe even learn a little more while your at it), then this book is for you.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Writing style is too difficult to understand.
    Let me start off by saying that I consider myself to have an excellent knowledge of computers (including hardware, software, and software design) and a reasonable knowledge of hardware design and electronic circuits. Despite this fact, every time I finish reading a section of this book, I'm completely lost.
    You ever hear the expression "this reads like stereo instructions"? Well I think the author of that expression first said that after reading this book.
    I'm not an idiot, but this book is just written in a style that is way too difficult to understand. Sometimes I'm reading about a topic that I already know everything about, but I still can't understand what the book is talking about. I have to read and reread each sentence till I can finally safely conclude that "this" is what he's trying to say. However, if you have no knowledge of the topic prior to reading it, that is an impossible task.
    So far, after reading each topic from this book (and being completely confused when I'm done), I've had to look the topic up on the internet, and within minutes I completely understand it. The topics aren't hard. They're almost easy, but his writing style is so difficult to understand that you feel like you're reading about nuclear physics.
    If your a student and you have to read this book, I strongly reccommend that you don't get discouraged, and just turn to the internet to understand the material. ... Read more

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