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81. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering
by WarrenMcCabe, JulianSmith, PeterHarriott
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Asin: 0070393664
Catlog: Book (2000-09-22)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 252746
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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* The most comprehensive of all current chemical engineering texts on unit operations; covers fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, and solids handling
* Contains a balanced treatment of theory and engineering practice, with many practical illustrative examples included
* Includes a mass transfer section containing chapters on absorption and membrane operations--topics not often covered in unit operations textbooks
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5-0 out of 5 stars fluid mechanics ,transprtation of fluids
it is the best books i have ever read in my semester ofchemical engineering. the topic i like the most, is transportation offluids .this book is recommended by my professor. the matter of turbulent flow and laminar flow is just fantastic.

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1-0 out of 5 stars This book is inadequte
I feel that this book is inadequte for students and professionals alike. It does not explain well how systems act in real life situations, like most academia books

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for students yet too general for professionals
I work in the chemical operations sector. I will highly recommend this book for 3rd or 4rth year future chemical engineers. It contains viable information on many units that they will just have to know about. However, I will not recommend it for working operation engineers. It is too general for us, it doesn't problem shoot units such as pumps and compressors. I don't think that I have much use for this book, specially that I own the Perry's Handbook.

3-0 out of 5 stars This book is an annotated index to Perry's
Warning: This is not a textbook. Basically, they took out some of the stuff from Perry's and rewrote it more carefully and filled in some of the details. In general, this book is hard to read, missing important things, and burdened with unimportant things. It really does no justice to the quality and quantity of amazing insight inside the head of Peter Harriott (from whom I've taken classes). I can't deny that it makes an awesome reference book, but woe to any class that depends on this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a ChemE Must
I went to cornell where Prof. Harriot teaches. This book is a must for reference. There are points where it is a little difficult but it is really a overall good book. ... Read more

82. Product Design and Development
by KarlUlrich, StevenEppinger
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-30)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Treating such contemporary design and development issues as identifying customer needs, design for manufacturing, prototyping, and industrial design, Product Design and Development, 3/e, by Ulrich and Eppinger presents in a clear and detailed way a set of product development techniques aimed at bringing together the marketing, design, and manufacturing functions of the enterprise. The integrative methods in the book facilitate problem solving and decision making among people with different disciplinary perspectives, reflecting the current industry trend to perform product design and development in cross-functional teams. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great product development handbook!
This book provides a great hands-on approach to product development. Unlike other product development books that dwell too much on the philosophical aspects of product development, this book gives you practical advice on how to define meaningful product specifications to meet your customer needs and develop successful products. The book provides a very nice concept development process that I've found very useful.

This book is mainly focused on product development processes and does not provide much information on technology development. In addition, the book lacks depth in the strategic aspects of product development(such as market segmentation, strategic management of technology).

If you are looking for a very useful and powerful handbook for product development, this is the book you are looking for. However, if you are interested in the strategic aspects of product development, you may need other references.

5-0 out of 5 stars great for teaching at any level, great methods
I have used this book extensively to teach undergraduate industrial design students, and graduate marketing, and engineering students who take small product development courses. It's focused, down to earth, practical, and students find they can grasp design issues better than in a more theoretical-philosophical way. I use it myself to guide my design consulting work, has helped me understand other product development (not design) issues that are relevant to me, and I have read it over and over.. great handbook. Production/design of the book is also very nice. It's a pitty McGraw Hill doesn't want to translate it to spanish (so the author told me once).

4-0 out of 5 stars see blue
i am arash afrasiabi and i had red this book before i think it is really a good guide for specially industrial designers who want to start their job in this fild so and it can help you to manage your self and your project very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, no-nonsense guide to really doing it.
Product Design and Development is a very practical, tools-based book. It is written in a way that each chapter can be used on its own (e.g., identifying customer needs, generating product concepts). We require all of our new engineers and designers to read the book and ask them to adhere to the methods associated with several of our "stage/gate processes." This is not a high-level strategy book; it tells you how to do product design and development in the trenches. Excellent book and worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Applicable
This is a Product Development book that can explain technical side and process side accurately. This is a good reference for product development plan and activities. ... Read more

83. Computer System Architecture (3rd Edition)
by M. Morris Mano
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Catlog: Book (1992-10-19)
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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

84. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 5E
by Bill Whitman, Bill Johnson, John Tomczyck
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The best in heating, cooling, and refrigeration just got better!This time-honored best seller has been updated and revised to provide superior hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot todays complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.It fosters a solid foundation and understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, and displays a depth and detail of theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures that make this a fitting book for basic HVAC-R education as well as upgrading and certification training for technicians in the field.The fifth Edition includes information on typical operating conditions, and offers ample systematic troubleshooting techniques and scenarios with an eye to improving readers skills.This book has been developed around the National Skill Standards for HVAC-R technicians as funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and contains easy-to-understand language for grasping fundamental and advanced concepts in the HVAC-R field. ... Read more

85. What is Lean Six Sigma
by Michael L. George, David Rowlands, Bill Kastle
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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A quick introduction on how to use Lean Six Sigma to improve your workplace, meet your goals, and better serve your customers.

Lean Six Sigma combines the two most important improvement trends of our time: making work better (using Six Sigma) and making work faster (using Lean principles).In this plain-English guide, you’ll discover how this remarkable quality improvement method can give you the tools to identify and eliminate waste and quality problems in your own work area.

Packed with diagrams, cartoons, and real-life examples, What is Lean Six Sigma? reveals the “four keys” of Lean Six Sigma and how they apply to your own job:

  • Delight your customers with speed and quality
  • Improve your processes
  • Work together for maximum gain
  • Base decisions on data and facts

You’ll see the big picture of what your company hopes to gain with Lean Six Sigma, how it may affect your work area, and what it can mean to you personally.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
The authors did a great job on the book. I read it on an airplane earlier this week and really enjoyed it. It is very well written - very understandable at a novice level and insightful at the "supposed expert" level. I think it is
a "must read" for everyone in an organization deploying Lean Six Sigma or anybody interested in improving the economic value of their business. ... Read more

86. Engineering Fluid Mechanics
by Clayton T.Crowe, Donald F.Elger, John A.Roberson
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Asin: 0471384828
Catlog: Book (2000-10-06)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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This reader-friendly book fosters a strong conceptual understanding of fluid flow phenomena through lucid physical descriptions, photographs, clear illustrations and fully worked example problems. More than 1,100 problems, including open-ended design problems and computer-oriented problems, provide an opportunity to apply fluid mechanics principles. Throughout, the authors have meticulously reviewed all problems, solutions, and text material to ensure accuracy.

The Student Solutions Manual contains 100 example problems with solutions, designed by the authors to address the main concepts of each chapter of their text, Engineering Fluid Mechanics, 7E. These complete worked-out solutions help walk you through problem-solving processes that you can apply to the exercises in the main text. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Undergrad Masterpiece
This text is a great introduction to Fluid Mechanics. The derivations are very easy to follow, and the problems apply to many real life situations. For graduate students, it may be a little to light weight, but for undergrads it provides a broad base of information.

5-0 out of 5 stars good textbook
Good textbook, good examples, and easy to read. Anyone with a solid physics & calculus background will be comfortable with this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef??
Lot of fluid problems, good graphics, and very good examples, though not nearly enough. You're going to need good lecture notes or a tutor.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor examples,
The book is easy to read however, it is very hard to solve the problems. The author does not do a very good job showing which equation's are used. In the example problems the author bring's in values which are constant's but does not indicate what the values are and the units. It is a very hard text book to follow. However the derivation of the formulas are done very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars easy to understand
very good for people who start to learn fluid. many physical interpretation and suitable problems at the end of each chapters. however, this book is not appropriate for advanced students/professionals. ... Read more

87. Methods, Standards, & Work Design
by BenjaminNiebel, AndrisFreivalds
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Asin: 0072468246
Catlog: Book (2002-07-19)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 380242
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Faced with increasing global competition, every industry, business, and service organization is restructuring itself to operate more effectively. Cost-effectiveness and product reliability without excess capacity are the keys to successful activity in business, industry, and government, and these keys are the end results of methods engineering.

The 11th edition of Methods, Standards, and Work Design provides practical, up-to-date descriptions of engineering methods to measure, analyze, and design manual work. The text emphasizes both the manual components and the cognitive aspects of work, recognizing the gradual decline of the manufacturing sector and the growth of the service sector. The importance of ergonomics and work design as part of methods engineering is emphasized not only to increase productivity, but also to improve worker health and safety, and thus, company bottom-line costs. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 11th edition
I am one of the professors Dr. Seifert is talking about in his review. I continue to use this textbook in both graduate and undergraduate classes on job design. Every semester I search for a better alternative, but am unable to find it. I find this book to be helpful and a good reference that incorporates ergonomics, work design, and methods engineering. (I also use old versions of the lab book that contain very well-made forms.) This text contains the best discussion of time standards I have seen. The 11th edition contains a new chapter on cognitive work. This is a topic I have always discussed and am glad to see formal treatment of it in the new edition. As with any textbook, I do not use it as the sole source of information taught in the classroom and would not recommend it as a sole source. I use the topics in the text to launch discussions and research papers on systems theory, lean, cycle time, environmental, process improvement methodologies, ethics, and other issues for manufacturing and non-shopfloor applications. I find the book especially useful in the area of work design and time standards.

Students have found these skills useful in the workplace. Many of our students work in process improvement and lean implementations. They use these skills to reduce cycle time and balance the lines to meet the demands of customers. Good implementation of lean requires knowledge of how to balance a line to meet customer demand, identify constraints, reduce cycle time, eliminate waste, understanding and dealing with change, cost/benefit analysis, and a direct understanding the relationship between the customer demand and production rate. This text touches on or covers in detail these topics.

I find that the book appears to focus on machine and operator efficiency and utilization, has a primarily decompositional view of work, and concentrates mostly on shopfloor operations. Even with these drawbacks, the text gives the reader solid information on improving workplace design and reducing cycle time while improving worker safety and productivity. I use the discussion on machine and worker utilization to compare and contrast with other manufacturing philosophies, and to relate what the text is covering to more 'big picture' aspects. Other topics not included are a good discussion of maintenance operations and quality. I suggest using other sources to incorporate those topics. All in all, the book is not perfect. It is a very good reference book and text book.

1-0 out of 5 stars 1955 Concepts in 1999 Edition
This antiquated textbook is still used at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The first edition of this book was published in 1955 and, after nine more editions, appears largely unchanged in its mentality. Specifically, the textbook is written for a time when corporations had legions of industrial engineers who did nothing but detailed and tedious time and motion studies. Unfortunately, today's dynamic manufacturing environment renders many of the authors' techniques impractical or even financially hazardous. For example, it emphasizes the need to maximize machine utilization (even if the machine is not considered a bottleneck operation). Practices like these lead to excessive inventory and sub-optimization of the collective manufacturing process. In summary, I believe this textbook does a great disservice to those manufacturing firms that have achieved dramatic productivity gains through the application of lean manufacturing techniques. ... Read more

88. Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos (2nd Edition)
by Donald J. Wheeler
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Catlog: Book (1999-11)
Publisher: SPC Press, Inc.
Sales Rank: 36348
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best beginning SPC book on the market
Dr. Wheeler has given a major contribution to the field of statistical process control in this work. With depth and breadth of material, Wheeler has created a simple yet powerful guide to a topic that at times can be quite intimidating to the statistically untrained. With his simple and illustrative presentation style, this book is easily accessible to all levels of practitioners - professional statisticians will enjoy and benefit from the book as well as novices in the field. While only taking two or three hours to read, it is a treasure-trove of information and we have successfully used it as a textbook in a basic seminar in statistical process control. I think this is an important and landmark piece of work, quite worthy to be mentioned in the same breath with works from legendary figures in the field such as Deming and Shewhart

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for understanding SPC and process control
My manager at work recommended this book to me as I was about to begin an SPC project. This book was a lifesaver. Wheeler has made SPC easy to understand. As a beginner, I found the work invaluable and I still use it for reference material today

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
I am a non-technical, non-mathematician, steeped in Deming-oriented Continuous Improvement, which I teach at university-level. This is simply the best (and easiest to read) book on the subject of 'control-chart' based SPC. It's in a class all by itself. It's an enlightening book about Life. It will change the way you look at and understand phenomenon. I wish Wheeler would write a series of such books, treating the rest of mathematics in as enlightening and cogent a fashion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deming for Dummies
Wheeler serves up the best concise easily understood description I have ever seen for both statistical process control and the Deming management philosophy. No executive or manager responsible for imporving an organization can afford ignorance of the information in this compact volume. A leader blessed with competent statisticians may find that Wheeler's book suffices without other material covering the matter in greater depth. Leaders lacking support from statistically sophisticated staff may feel a need to stiffen their understanding with Deming's _Out of the Crisis_ and _The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education_. Even without a thorough understanding of continuous improvement philosophy, Wheeler's book, properly applied to your business, should easily offer an RoI well over 1,000,000%.

5-0 out of 5 stars It takes SIX years to realize the power of this book
I have read this book since 1996; but, I can just feel the power of Wheeler's thought and techniques when I attend a seminar for Safety Professionals in PAPUA today ( Jan 23, 2002 ). Yes, we have been thoroughly cultivating Wheeler's profound breakthrough amidst one of the densest rainforest. ... Read more

89. Technical Writing: A Practical Approach (5th Edition)
by William Sanborn Pfeiffer
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-27)
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This book offers an easy-to-use approach towards learning the fundamentals of technical writing. The author's writing style is user-friendly, and engages the reader by providing a comprehensive overview of current topics in technical writing.Chapter topics cover process in technical writing; ethics and globalism in the workplace; organizing information; page design; patterns of organization; process descriptions and instructions; letters, memos, and electronic communication; informal reports; formal reports; proposals and feasibility studies; graphics; oral communication; technical research; and style in technical writing.For professionals in the technical writing field. ... Read more

90. Illustrated 2003 Building Code Handbook
by TerryPatterson, Terry Patterson
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-15)
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91. Structural Analysis (5th Edition)
by Russell C. Hibbeler, Russell C Hibbeler
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Asin: 0130418250
Catlog: Book (2001-12-13)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 261226
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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This book provides students with a clear and thorough presentation of the theory and application of structural analysis as it applies to trusses, beams, and frames. Emphases are placed on teaching readers to both model and analyze a structure. A hallmark of the book, Procedures for Analysis, has been retained in this edition to provide learners with a logical, orderly method to follow when applying theory.Chapter topics include types of structures and loads, analysis of statically determinate structures, analysis of statically determinate trusses, internal loadings developed in structural members, cables and arches, influence lines for statically determinate structures, approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures, deflections, analysis of statically indeterminate structures by the force method, displacement method of analysis: slope-deflection equations, displacement method of analysis: moment distribution, analysis of beams and frames consisting of nonprismatic members, truss analysis using the stiffness method, beam analysis using the stiffness method, and plane frame analysis using the stiffness method.For individuals planning for a career as structural engineers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good For Self Study
I have studied every single page of this book. It is very good for self study and an ideal one towards undergraduate perfection. Complex topics are told in a very clear manner. Examples and figures make the book so understandable. Strongly recommended before entering into advanced topics...
(I could find 2 errors but they are obvious if you be careful)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but full of errors
This book could be a great book for the unergrad intro to structures course. It has a nice writing style, it is easy to understand, and has plenty of example problems. However, it is FULL of errors. It think someone in my class would find a new error at least once a week.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
a great book for understading structural analysis. period

5-0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY PERFECT
I strongly recommend any civil engineering student to obtain this book.It covers whole subjects in elementary structural mechanics and structural analysis in great detail. There are large number of example problems solved neatly.I could not detect any mistake in the text or problem part.

5-0 out of 5 stars Structural Analysis
Dr. Hibbeler has put a complicated topic in terms and examples that any engineering student can understand. The 4th edition has corrected most errors and shows the introduction to the breadth and depth of structural anaylsis. The layout of Dr. Hibbeler's stuctural anaylsis, flows from the Static's and Mechanics of Materials that all students of Civil Engineering have been introduced to. ... Read more

92. Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production
by Norman J. Hyne, Norm J. Ph.D. Hyne, Norman J. Ph.d Hyne
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-15)
Publisher: Pennwell Books
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview for people new to the field
It is exactly what the title says. If you're new to the field, this book provides an excellent, fairly detailed description of both onshore and offshore upstream operations.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the oil business
If you're interested in learning about the dynamics of the oil industry and you know absolutely nothing about it, this is the book for you. Norman Hyne describes industry jargon with dictionary-like simplicity and guides you through the basics of oil drilling, where oil is located and why, how to read seismographs, and many other things. The book has photos and drawings throughout the book that help you understand what is being described and put things into the concrete.

This book seems to be written as a classroom textbook, but I read it cover-to-cover. ... Read more

93. How to Plan, Subcontract and Build Your Dream House: Everything You Need to Know to Avoid the Pitfalls
by Warren V. Jaeger
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Trojan Homes
Sales Rank: 26760
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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If You're Thinking About Building A Home, whether you want to be your own General Contractor, and SAVE up to 50,000 Dollars or more, or you want to hire a builder, there are many things that you absolutely must know to avoid costly errors and mistakes. "HOW TO PLAN, SUBCONTRACT AND BUILD YOUR DREAM HOUSE" has been written by Warren V. Jaeger, a Master Designer-Builder, with more than 45 years experience. Thirty four chapters, more than 130,000 words, and dozens of diagrams take you step by step through the entire building process with practical advice and real life examples. Learn what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and how to get it done!

But, before you even think about construction, PART ONE guides you through: lot evaluation, drainage, sloping sites, public water and sewer connections, well drilling, septic systems, zoning, wet lands, flood plains, deeds and restrictions, easements, foundation designs and many vital considerations and decisions you must make long before you hire a builder or start to build. Part two covers: how to get plans, when plans are worthless, types of builders, how to choose the building process.Part three covers: the detailed process of construction, mortgages, financial discipline, hiring subcontractors, scheduling and supervision.

There are great chapters on Radon, Principles of Electricity, Energy Saving Windows, and much much more. You will save many times the cost of this book alone by following Proper Insulation Techniques and Construction Methods revealed by the author.

WARREN V. JAEGER explains the 69 essential rules of construction learned through his many years of practical experience. They cost him money to learn, and they will save you money if you follow them. Because the scope and detail of this book is so comprehensive we are including the complete Table of Contents so you can appreciate all the thing that are covered which you need to know to succeed.

You wouldn't remove an appendix, or represent yourself in court, without the necessary knowledge. Don't undertake an expensive building project without getting the information you must have to succeed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Home Building Bible
This is a wonderful and very comprehensive book covering every aspect of building a house in all climates. It contains information that I have not seen anywhere else. i.e. The chapter on looking at and evaluating a building site is very informative and insightful. Every step of the construction process is explained in detail. There are diagrams showing construction details, grading techniques and even showing how to survey and lay out a foundation yourself. There are special chapters on understanding electricity and it's role in your home, Radon and most importantly in this time of rising energy costs, how to insulate for maximum effect for both heating and cooling in hot and cold climates. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes and real life examples taken from the authors vast experience. Mr. Jaeger has the knack of explaining complicated things in a clear and easy to understand way. I am most impressed with his offer to answer all reader questions by E-mail and I can verify he keeps his word on that. I've never before heard of an author offering free consultation but he does. He answers all questions about the book and/or your own project. I read the prior "review" by "greeba" and I wonder how much of the book she actually read because she missed all the important lessons. She admits she got her knowledge from watching "The Brady Bunch" so how much can you expect? The paper is standard paper used for high speed electronic printing and I only noticed a few minor typos. The line drawings are technical diagrams, not illustrations. If you want pictures I suggest you watch the television programs that show all aspects of actual building in progress. Check out, "Hometime", Bob Villa's "Home Again" and "This Old House". Actually, I thought the picture of the Taj Mahal (the ultimate dream house) on the cover was a neat touch. What Mr. Jaeger provides from his 45 years experience as a pro builder, that pictures cannot supply, are the techniques and strategies of planning, managing and coordinating a construction job and a vast wealth of information you wouldn't ever think of. The most important lesson is Mr. Jaeger's instruction on how to get sub-contractors to do what you want willingly and how to keep them showing up. He also tells you how to avoid the pit falls and rip offs common in the construction game. This book is my home building Bible. The value of a book is not in the paper or a few typos or some pretty pictures as "Greeba" thinks. The real value is the information it contains. This book will help you save many thousands of dollars and contains all the information you will need. Any questions? Ask the author. For a proper perspective on this book check out all the reviews especially the one by George Ehrenhaft, an experienced builder. HE knows what he is talking about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very handy book but not complete
I found this book very helpful. The author tells goes into extreme details for his home preferances. Since he does not like basements he does not go into great detail about pouring foundations for full basements. There are a couple of things like that. All in all I think he does an excellent job at stearing you around the big bumps. Luckily my concrete guy is my cousin so we had no problem at all. This book will however give you a ton of great ideas, and help you to plan everything well but if you know squat about the building process I would but more technical books in addition to this one. I worked for a general contractor through college so I am pretty handy. My advise is if you are planning on building your own home, congratulations and good luck. Most people that I have talked to say that it is too stressful, and they'll never do it again. If you are like me you will welcome the challenge. It is one of the most rewarding things you can do. I worked my full time job and did this and it not only gave me more energy than I have had in a while but it helped me get in shape from sitting behind this desk full time. You can always blow off the gym but you have to go to the site everyday.

3-0 out of 5 stars Voice of experience--good advice
The best part of this book is its easygoing style. Written seemingly entirely from memory, you'll understand and remember every word. The author skips the commonly available info and writes about the crucial nuts-and-bolts problems of building a house: what do you do if you've drilled a hundred foot well and come up dry? (Keep drilling.) His advice on some details, vapor barriers for example, is OK but you'll want to check the latest thinking on the topic too. Some harmless misinformation is passed along, like that Palladio, eponym for those short-tall-short windows, "invented" them. (He may have invented residential architecture, but those windows date to antiquity. In his day they were known as serliana, after the architect Sebastian Serliano.) The scientific explanations fall a bit short, and the chapter where he disparages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's engineering does not show him in a good light. However he does caution you that drywallers, more than any other trade, will try to rip you off with a high materials estimate. Stuff like that you can't get anywhere else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first source
If you want to have a house built, this is a great book to start with. The author is a general contractor who has seen it all and wants to educate readers about the building process. His intention is to prevent others from the pitfalls and scams of building, and simultaneously he explains the science behind plumbing, electricity, sewarage, insulation etc. He also discusses the attitudes and scams of subcontractors and local bureaucrats. This is not a how-to book; the purpose is to educate you enough so that you know what questions to ask as your house goes up.

He begins with purchasing the land and ends with the final detailing of the house. He includes interesting anecdotes to make his points. I was impressed his ability to go from the abstract to simple things usually overlooked. Although I was lost in the section on laying the foundation, the book was written simply, and is easy to follow.

My only criticisms are limited. There are occasional typing errors (I'm an English teacher) and a need for a few more illustrations. The author can also be opininated about his person tastes in decor and such, but I found that to be humorous and endearing. Finally, I don't think the book is titled incorrectly. Yes, you should read it if you want to be your own gerneral contractor. But I think this book is more about the risk involved in doing that. After 20 pages, I was convinced I would definately want a general contractor.

4-0 out of 5 stars Had a lot of useful tips, but lacked a few key areas
I would actually give it 4 1/2 stars if I was able. The book had many useful tips concerning windows, framing and insulating to produce an energy efficient house. It also had tips for hanging drywall, planning lighting and measuring techniques, as well as tips for dealing with contractors and inspectors; all of which are helpful. The authors distaste for basements leads to an absense of information on poured basements which are the standard in my area. He continually pushed slab houses and only had block wall basements as an example. This was disappointing. Not being a plumber, I also would have liked more information on tapping into city sewer and water and into gas lines. Most of his examples were of a septic system and well. The book was not edited well, as it had many spelling errors. If you are not looking for a novel, this should not bother you much because the information in the book is simple and very benificial. It is well worth the purchase price and should save you a lot of money and headaches if you decide to build your own house. ... Read more

94. Inside SolidWorks
by David Murray
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-13)
Publisher: OnWord Press
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Average Customer Review: 2.65 out of 5 stars
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INSIDE SolidWorks, 2nd Edition, continues to provide beginning through intermediate users with a host of manufacturing-based examples and step-by-step tutorials.In addition to exploring Solid Works 2000 commands and processes, this book emphasizes the mindset needed to create professional 3D designs and solid models vs. classic 2D-oriented approaches.Drafting with parting lines, unrolling sheet metal, using the Rip function, step and repeat functions, assembly component mating techniques, as well as new lighting sources and surfacing functionality are just a few of the new features of SolidWorks 2000 covered in this edition.Numerous opportunities to apply SolidWorks functionality in the context of a wide variety of manufacturing processes, plus detailed examples within each chapter that enable readers to build a sample part, make this a valuable how-to and reference manual for users of all abilities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best CAD book I have ever read!
My background goes back to the drafting board. Since then, I have learned four CAD systems. Because of that, I have read many CAD instructional books and this is the best and most complete one that I have worked through.
When I decide to start into a book, I am expecting to get enough information from it to be proficient with the software. What I usually get is a "kindergarden" dose of instruction and have to find more books to take up the slack. This book actually covered so many features and in such a clear way that I have been compelled to write this review. How others in this section were able to be so critical, I cannot begin to guess. Other books such as "SolidWorks 2001 Tutrial", one with a higher four star rating, I found to be of the lesser quality I just mentioned. Hey, serious CAD users out here want a lot more information...we can handle it, trust me!
Some of the reviews here suggest that the book is full of errors but I did not find them to be significant and nothing that stopped me in my tracks.
The book is big and takes time to work through (three weeks if you are determined) but you will not be short changed by receiving "beginers only" information. The features touched on are many and could not be any clearer. If you have the capacity and desire and want good information on Solidworks, get this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Effort to Read
This book is full of errors when it comes to SolidWorks 2003. Not only that, it attempts to present long involved lectures about the functionality that I guess you're supposed to memorize. It offers page after page of "how to's" instead of practice in real usage. One feels the author was too lazy to create a real world set of examples and instead loves to hear himself expound on his CAD knowledge (which sadly is very faulty).

5-0 out of 5 stars So Far looks Good
I don't know what axe the poor reviewers were grinding but i find this book on a quick browse to be extremely helpful. The others who panned the book were obviously looking for someone to hold their hand through each and every step. I tried the Planchard book and while still useful neglects guiding you into shortcuts(enter key instead of mouse click; ctrl+c=copy, etc.) Shortcutting is key to progressing and I am already ahead of the tutorials in Planchards. I bought Solidworks 2003 after reading the authors web post regarding misrepresentation of his book on Amazon. He was right on. I fully recommend this book and will update my review when I have finished it.

1-0 out of 5 stars this author only thinks about his $$$
This book is filled with sentences like very straightforward, easy to carry out , "using the by now familiar shortcut", it is insulting how this "manager" throws stuff at you, omitting important steps so that you just can't do it. Also, the author preferred to just type and type instead of adding icons and steps, resulting in a book that looks like: "Now you could do this, but you have learned this earlier, so we can skip this, then you can do this and this or you could also do so and so". Then when things start looking like a structure you want to make, you are on your own again, i cite "by the way there is more than one way to create a spring of this type. If you do not want to use the suggestions here and have some ideas of your own that is fine. So how did you do? If you managed to create the tension spring, give yourself a pat on the back" Talking about a waste of words, and that is what this book is about. If fact, the "suggestions" he gave are definitely not enough, not even for experienced users, he is too lazy to write it down correctly and help you out. He is just sitting behind his computer writing this book babbling on, while sipping brandy, I presume, laughing at all the guys who work hard and earn less (engineers, NOT managers). Fortunately i can return this book within seven days.

2-0 out of 5 stars No way!
I have read a few CAD instructional books and manuals, and this is one of the worst books/manuals that I have seen. The way the book provides the information, it is very confusing to the new user. The author expects that the user knows the software. If this were true, I would not require a book!! The book is of low quality. The command structure is hard to follow.

I read one review on this book that state, " Hey, serious CAD users out here want a lot more information". I agree, yes and not. If you have a lot of information, take the time to explain it to the new user. Just don't blow by the new user and address the advance user. I would not recommend this book. ... Read more

95. Managing Information Technology (4th Edition)
by E. Wainright E. Martin, Carol V Brown, Daniel W DeHayes, Jeffrey A Hoffer, William C Perkins, E. Wainright Martin
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
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Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book
I think I have learned a lot from the book. Thanks.. It is a good book.

1-0 out of 5 stars You've got to be kidding me.
This is literally the worst textbook I've ever used in my entire academic career. This book is jam-packed with jargon ("utilize"), acronyms (e.g.,"ERP," a term that the book does a poor job defining), and slashes. By slashes I mean, do you know how IT consultants love to use two synonymous words when one would suffice? For example: "I love/like to go jogging/running to the store/market."

My MIS professor was a moron, however, so it's understandable that he would choose this book. IF YOU ARE A PROFESSOR WHO IS NOT A MORON, DO NOT MAKE YOUR STUDENTS SUFFER THROUGH THIS BOOK. Thanks.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book isn't good
Consider the following statement from page 256. Here's some "early lessons" from the "new economy":

Dot-com startups as well as clicks-and-mortar strategies can be viable for B2B for B2C ecommerce if the applications leverage Internet technologies AND a marketplace strength.

Aren't you glad you bought the book? You ALSO need a marketplace strength to be successful, not just the Internet stuff. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?

5-0 out of 5 stars USEFUL REFERENCE TOOL
I am finding this book as an extremely useful reference tool for writing my senior thesis at Rutgers University (NJ) on the Internet and B2B transactions. I find it very easy to read and useful, and some of the case studies are very interesting and helpful. Some of the other buyers don't seem to think the book is worth its price but I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THEM. I believe the book is worth its price.

1-0 out of 5 stars Text is often Inacurate or Outright Incorrect
This text has a tendancy to give misleading information or entirely incorrect information. Even in the most basic concepts, the authors misuse terms or create terms used nowhere else in the IT industry. The authors relay their lack of understanding for basic computer concepts in this supposedly 2001 updated edition.

As an example for those who are literate in IT, the authors make statements such as "virtual memory is used only on larger computer systems". Got a 6 year old computer running MS Windows? You've got virtual memory.

If you wish to learn about IT, please find another book written by authors who understand the field, not business professors. ... Read more

96. The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio
by Christopher H. Sterling, Michael C. Keith
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
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Produced in association with the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, the Encyclopedia of Radio includes more than 600 entries covering major countries and regions of the world as well as specific programs and people, networks and organizations, regulation and policies, audience research, and radio's technology. This encyclopedic work will be the first broadly conceived reference source on a medium that is now nearly eighty years old, with essays that provide essential information on the subject as well as comment on the significance of the particular person, organization, or topic being examined.

The fully illustrated Encyclopedia of Radio includes suggestions for further reading as complements to most of the articles, biographical details for all person-entries, production credits for programs, and a comprehensive index.

Entries include: * Amos 'n' Andy * Audience Research Methods * BBC * Benny, Jack * Black Radio Networks * Car Talk * CBC * Children's Programs ** Crosby, Bing * Digital Audio Broadcasting * Election Coverage * Frequency Allocation * Fresh Air * Hertz, Heinrich * Hoaxes on Radio * Jamming * Keillor, Garrison * Lone Ranger * Native American Radio * Pacifica Stations * Public Radio * Radio Free Asia * Receivers * Shock Jocks * Sports on Radio * Stern, Howard * Syndication * Talk Radio * Telecommunications Act of 1996 * The Goon Show * Tokyo Rose * Underground Radio * WNYC * Wolfman Jack * And many more. ... Read more

97. Writing for the Technical Professions (3rd Edition)
by Kristin R. Woolever
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-26)
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Writing for the Technical Professions provides practical advice for composing a wide variety of professional documents. This easy to read, easy to reference book will help any one in a technical profession communicate their ideas. A focus on the electronic workplace, legal and ethical issues, and an emphasis on collaboration and international communication make this book one of the most up-to-date books on the market today. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Writing for the Technical Professions
This book helped me write technically and professionally. The author highlighted the common errors by the writters for the technical writting. Tabs are an excellent way to organize this workbook. Some English professors already used this book as a reference book in their Technical Writing classes. I would like to use this book as a workbook to practice my technical writing skill for the computer software user manuals. ... Read more

98. RFID Handbook : Fundamentals and Applications in Contactless Smart Cards and Identification
by KlausFinkenzeller
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-09)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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

99. A First Course in the Finite Element Method
by Daryl L. Logan
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-05)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This third edition provides a simple, basic approach to the finite element method that can be understood by both undergraduate and graduate students. It does not have the usual prerequisites (such as structural analysis) required by most available texts in this area. The book is written primarily as a basic learning tool for the undergraduate student in civil and mechanical engineering whose main interest is in stress analysis and heat transfer. The text is geared toward those who want to apply the finite element method as a tool to solve practical physical problems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first course in FEM
This book may be the best text book I have come across in years.
If you have the basis of engineering (or physics or maths) you barely need an instructor.
The explainations are clear, and I haven't found any mistakes yet (if there are mistakes they will be few).
Lots of nice problems with answers provided.

This book is excellent for whom desires to learn on which basis FEMs work (undergraduate and graduate). ... Read more

100. Pocket Ref
by Thomas J. Glover
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Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "Swiss Army Knife" of reference books
How did I live without this book? This book has everything I ever wanted X10. R values? Temperature and wind chill conversions? World wide area codes and airport codes? Wood screw specs? Friction loss in pipe? Mohr's hardness scales? Credit card 800 #s? I mean it's ALL here! I buy these to give them away!

5-0 out of 5 stars My other Lil' Black book.
First there was sliced bread, then there was "The Pocket Ref". I found it such a great reference book that I ordered 6 of them for my associates. It is 100 pounds of information in a 13 oz. package. There has not been a day since I have received it that I have not used it for something (conversions of all types, geometric formulas long forgotten, constants, material information from glues to the mass of Neptune...yeh Neptune!, and yes...bolt torque specifications). One draw back is that everyone that does not have "The Ref" comes to you for the answers. It is a cornucopia of information that every engineer will surely benefit from having.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let us see more of this kind
At the time when most publishers go racing on how fat a book can they make (someone ought to start suing for strain injuries :-), this gem brings the light back to our hands. It shows that is is possible to pack enormous ammount of information, and even use quite a lot of pages, and still retain all qualities of the small and light format.

Imagine the wonder of O'Reilly redesigning and publishing a few Nurshell books in this format, or CRC converting a few math and science references, or the ex-Wrox XSLT Programmer's Reference seeing the new printing ... I'm sure everyone who bought this book would have at least one more to add to this list.

1-0 out of 5 stars Only lacking one thing....
I love this book and it would have gotten a perfect review, however it failed to tell me the meaning of life. Such an oversight shoulld not be forgiven...

5-0 out of 5 stars Every man should have one
If you are a man, you must order one or we will take your man licence away! If you are a lady and have no idea what to get your man, this is it!

This book has everything you could possibly imagine and some things you didn't know existed. ... Read more

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