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141. Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (With CD-ROM)
by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis Tasa
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Asin: 0130920258
Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 79182
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is pretty good!
I bought this study guide to help me in my geology class. It isn't the same edition as my textbook but it is still the same. The chapters are the same and it has really helped me remember the material. The pages have fill in the blank and multiple choice and practice quizzes. All the answers are at the end of the book. I recomend this for anyone who is taking geology and is using the "Earth" book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding introductory textbook in physical geology
Despite the proliferation of introductory physical geology textbooks in recent years, none have surpassed the quality of Tarbuck and Lutgens' "Earth". The text is accurate, up-to-date, well-organized, and exceptionally lucid. The writing flows nicely and presents complex topics and ideas in a way that is easy for non-scientists to understand, while at the same time resisting the trend toward "dumbing-down" that has recently affected many introductory textbooks in Earth sciences. The book is also illustrated wonderfully with diagrams that are effectively designed, beautifully executed, and perfectly matched to the accompanying text. The photographs are likewise outstanding in subject and quality, with great efforts obviously having been made to find excellent pictures that complement the text and clearly illustrate the features and processes being described. The overall quality of the photographs is far better than in most other textbooks of this kind. Substantial improvements have been made for the sixth edition, including the addition of helpful illustrations to the glossary and the addition of many new photographs throughout the book (for example, compare the 5th and 6th edition pictures of drumlins, moraines, igneous rock textures, tsunamis, sinkholes, etc.). After examining many textbooks, I have decided to use this one in the undergraduate course I will teach next year.

3-0 out of 5 stars Earth - an average introductory textbook
This book has dozens of errors, but in its defense, I must say that every introductory textbook I've used or reviewed has similar errors. For example, thermal expansion due to daily temperature fluctuations does NOT fracture rocks. Fire fractures rocks, and local fires can occur in many deserts. The photo of a rock split is actually due to ice (not frost) wedging. Deserts can be freezing. The book does not address the importance of past climates. Most of North America's landforms were formed under wet, warm climates, not today's. The hydrologic cycle should be expanded to the geohydrologic cycle, which incorporates plate tectonics. Plate tectonics, as presented, is rather primitive. We're in, I'd say, 3rd generation plate tectonics, but it is not being taught. Mountain glacial landscapes are entirely misinterpreted, based on a false paradigm originating in the 1840s. Yosemite Valley is far more a relict tropical landscape than a glaciated one, and Bridalveil Falls has existed for 10s of millions of years before glaciation. Evolution of desert landscapes is equally as bad. The authors don't understand pediments, which are exhumed weathering fronts (as in Joshua Tree National Park) or exhumed detachments (as in the Mojave Desert). Etc., etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun for rocks!
This book is an excellent introductory text, with a wide scoop and a clear and descriptive style. The pictures are gorgeous and informative, and the side notes (Boxes) are powerful examples of the topics being discussed, as well as fascinating sources of trivia (do you know what Bingham Canyon is?) that add flavor to the book! My only complaint was that there are no chapter summaries, but as the material was clear and concise, I had no need for them! ... Read more

142. Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers, and Managers (5th Edition)
by David L. Goetsch
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5-0 out of 5 stars A tremendous book
The above reviewer will obviously have occupational health issues, because smoking weed while writing reviews will cause one to be disoriented, lose their balance, and possibly fall off a 100 story construction site beam.

This is an amazing book. While covering all of the topics in depth, this book is also easy to read, presenting the material in a fashion that allows the reader to recieve a complete understanding of the topic. This too was an assigned book for my class, and I'll be lucky if I get to take a Goetsch class again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written
This is one of the most poorly written textbooks I've read. The author, who is apparently a Phd, writes with the style of a 7th or 8th grader; he uses poor grammar, is painfully repetitive, uses jargon from differing areas of specialty (such as medical terms that require a medical dictionary to understand), leaves out information that should be there (based on the topics covered in my construction safety class), includes irrelevant information, and is flat out wrong about some topics (UL and ASTM would be interested to know "any relationship between a fire rating and the reality of fire resistance may be little more than coincidental".) This is especially frustrating considering this is the fourth edition. There is some evidence that the author has substantial knowledge about the topic. However, he is out of date in some areas and, in general, he presents that knowledge poorly. Also, judging from the breadth of topics this author had written about it appears the old cliche is true: "Jack of all trades. Master of none." While there is some decent information in this book, it is a chore to read. This was a required text for my class. If you have a choice in the matter choose something (anything) else. ... Read more

143. Operations Management : An Integrated Approach
by R. DanReid, Nada R.Sanders
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Focusing on how Operations Management (OM) fits into the business environment, this book takes OM beyond the factory setting by illustrating how OM is everywhere. By approaching the subject in an applied fashion, it introduces readers to all aspects of OM and allows them to immediately apply that knowledge to the business environment. Continuing on the success of the first edition, this new edition includes increased use of spreadsheets, more problems and case studies, and new and expanded coverage of the role of OM in the organization. In addition, it covers such current topics as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and periodic order review. ... Read more

144. Estimating in Building Construction (6th Edition)
by Frank Dagostino, Leslie Feigenbaum
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-07)
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Everything needed to understand Estimating is provided in this proven handbook, which combines coverage of principles with step-by-step procedures. The authors use the popular approach of tracing a complete project's progress throughout the book.Incorporates the use of computers as a key estimating tool. Includes a WinEstimator CD with each copy of the book; readers will develop good computer-based estimating skills through the use of this powerful software, which also includes practice spreadsheets. Keeps readers up to date on the latest methods and materials. Includes a revised and updated illustration program. Provides complete, book-long case studies for follow-through of both commercial and residential buildings. Examines the interrelationship between contract documentsand the quantity take-off of material.The ideal reference for construction managers, architects, and engineers. ... Read more

145. Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 (Special Edition Using)
by Tim Pyron
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Asin: 0789730723
Catlog: Book (2004-02-03)
Publisher: Que
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5-0 out of 5 stars More Project than I thought possible
I picked this up as I was in the middle of several complex Project plans for network upgrades and migrations, as well as a mass rollout of Office 2003. I'd used previous versions of Project before but never really learned how to use it.

By the time I finished the first 10 chapters, I had already tripled my Project knowledge...and the really cool stuff was yet to come. Project, like Visio, is an extremely complex application that most people never crack the surface as far as usability goes. Anyone who is doing heavy Project Management needs to use Project, this is the book to learn by.

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers to effectively manage computerized office projects
Tim Pyron's Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 is enhanced with an accompanying CD and provides direct answers to effectively manage computerized office projects. Highly recommended both as an instructional guide and as a continuing reference, Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 includes answers on project development and implementation, as well as tracking progress and adjusting to changes, developing final reports, and more. ... Read more

146. An Introduction to Mixed-Signal Ic Test and Measurement (The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering)
by Mark Burns, Gordon W. Roberts
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Asin: 0195140168
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Very good service
I got the book within less than 5 business days... and in a very very good condition as advertised.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well written and very practical
I've been a Test Engineer for 13 years and take it from me, this book is so close to real life situation. It obviously written by people who practice the art of Test Engineering. I wish that I had this book in my very 1st year. This is the bible for every TE.

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly practical book
Most texts on testing seem to be written for the design engineer. They talk a lot about the fault model, the doping process, how the pattern generation algorithms are not perfect...It's like teaching Chemistry at a cooking class.
But don't get me wrong, this is not a cookbook. It does teach a fair amount of "Chemistry". But it's able to show the reader why the theories are relevant and how to apply them. The solutions are presented in the context of the problems, not the other way around, like most text books.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book on the matket for mixed signal test
I looked for a book which covers all the important issues for
mixed signal test. This book delivers all the nesessery information for a mixed signal test Eng. It explains all
issues very simple and because of so many example it is
very useful even for not-experienced people.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Handbook for Test Engineers
This is the most complete and authoritative text on the subject of Mixed Signal Testing that I have come across. It is unmatched in terms of the sheer number and variety of practical problems that it addresses. The solutions that the book proposes can be readily applied to many situations and that makes this truly remarkable book a must for every test or product engineer. ... Read more

147. Technical Drawing (12th Edition)
by Frederick E. Giesecke, Alva Mitchell, Henry C. Spencer, Ivan Leroy Hill, John T. Dygdon, James E. Novak, Ivan L. Hill
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Asin: 0130081833
Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book's practical, well illustrated, step-by-step explanations of procedures have successfully trained users for 60 years, and continue to appeal to today's visually oriented users.This book offers the best coverage of basic graphics principles and an unmatched set of fully machinable working drawings.For professions that utilize the skills of engineering graphics/technical drawing and drafting/technical sketching. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best sources available
This book is loaded with technical information for the dratsman and designer. A must have for anyone who is in the mechanical technology field.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best text books ever written...
This text was the basic drafting manual that I used during my technical education; its use did not end with school, however, since I refer to it frequently in my occupation. It tells everything that needs to be explained and described in the general drawing problems that might be encountered in industrial practice. It contains excellent descriptions and illustrations for: Drawing Threads, Fasteners & Springs Geometric Constructions Clear, Concise instructions in using Drafting Instruments, (before the time of Computer Aided Drafting & Desing, in any case). An Excellent overview of the Industrial Design & Development Process, (which I wish my supervisors would read). Sectional Drawing. This book is to drafting what Machinery's Handbook, of the Industrial Press, is to the metal working industries. There are a variety of Drafting Textbooks available, but none are incrementally better, let alone drasticaly better. ... Read more

148. Technical Communication
by Mary M. Lay, Billie J. Wahlstrom, CarolynRude, CindySelfe, JackSelzer
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Asin: 0256220581
Catlog: Book (1999-11-17)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
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Technical Communication represents the works of five highly respected authors, all writing in their areas of expertise. Scientific examples and assignments within a social context are used for a realistic view of communication issues. This is the only text to extensively address argument, including reasoning, credibility, persuasion, decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking. The topic of audience is also addressed more thoroughly than in any other text. The book covers the traditional parts of the technical communication course but has been updated greatly to respond to the demands that the computer places on communicating. ... Read more

149. Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits
by BehzadRazavi
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Asin: 0072380322
Catlog: Book (2000-08-15)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 84702
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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The CMOS technology area has quickly grown, calling for a new text--and here it is, covering the analysis and design of CMOS integrated circuits that practicing engineers need to master to succeed. Filled with many examples and chapter-ending problems, the book not only describes the thought process behind each circuit topology, but also considers the rationale behind each modification. The analysis and design techniques focus on CMOS circuits but also apply to other IC technologies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with a broad coverage of material!
This is an excellent book that provides a fresh look at CMOS Analog Circuit Design. Behzad Razavi has a clear writing style that takes the reader from an intuitive level of understanding circuit performance to a mathematical explantion based on this understanding. This text also covers most areas of modern Analog CMOS design including all variations of modern op amps, switched capacitor circuits, feedback, noise analysis, frequency response, stability and compensation, as well as oscillators and PLLs. The material is covered in context of modern sub-micron processes and includes coverage of short-channel effects in these technologies. I have found answers in this book to many of the questions I have come across recently. In particular, Dr. Razavi uses the examples in the book to characterize various circuit performance metrics for typical circuit configurations using a symbolic approach. This results in an expression that highlights which circuit/device parameters contribute to the particular performance metric under study.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners/students
If you're learning this material for the first time, your best bet would be to look elsewhere. I'm taking a course in analog CMOS design after completing an introductory course in electronic devices. I can refer to the Razavi book and actually find it to be quite useful. In fact, it seems better than the book we're using for the class, (CMOS design by Allen)

But when I first bought this book, which was required for the introductory class, it was not helpful at all. The material was too brief, examples too difficult and not explained in detail, problems were too long and onerous so that you completely lose sight of what you're supposed to get a grasp on. An absolute disaster if you're trying to learn this stuff. That's why it sat on my shelf for the whole semester. But for the advanced class, this book seems to pick up right after the introductory course. Definitely not for the novice reader, and it covers the advanced topics that you don't see when you first learn this stuff. Razavi's writing style and presentation is pretty good too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone loves it
I've seen one or two other books on analog design, and this is the best. In fact, almost everyone I know (who does analog design) loves the book. Very good information, well explained, good examples. I wish more books were like this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching method
I always had trouble developing an intuitive understanding of CMOS but this book works like a wonder potion. It not only gives you solid understanding but also makes you a guru in design. While discussing devices, circuits and various topologies, the author makes worthy comments about what would happen if device sizes were changed or the current derive changes etc. Overall, I think it can be both an excellent reference book as well as a text book for advanced classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for designers not students
This is an excellent book for designers who understand the basics
of CMOS devices and want to improve their design skills. Very practical and strait to the point Students who try to use it as a starting book for CMOS will have a hard time following the thought process. A great reference and a must have in any ANALOG DSIGNER's library. ... Read more

150. Digital Design: Principles and Practices and Xilinx 4.2i Student Package (3rd Edition)
by John F. Wakerly
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-19)
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Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A very nice book about Digital Circuits.
I already own the Hardcover copy of Digital Design by John Wakerly and I'm enjoying this book in my EE course. But recently a friend of mine bought a copy of the book above and let me read it for a week. The two copies of the book seem to be very similar, the advantage of this one is the Price, of course. :) This book is full of examples, but it would help if there were more exercises in the book, I like Herbert Taub's book regarding good exercises. I would still recommend this book for anyone wishing to have an enjoyable introduction to the digital world.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE book for starters (& Ref)
I am a CS guy too, and this book was required for the Digital Logic class. I love this book, cause it doesn't have any pre-reqs, and so anyone with an interest can pick it up and will have a good idea as to what digital circuits are all about.

I'm sure that chapter 3, which deals with the analog circuitory isn't very amazing to CS guys, but my prof. insisted on learning that chapter, and I'm happy he did. We all cursed him for teaching us transistors and CMOS logic, but it was well worth it, and I'm happy Wakerly has included it in this book. All you have to do is read every word in Chapter 3, and you'll have a great idea.

The scope of this book is excellent. Taking you from Binary numbers to RAM in one book is quite an achievement and it just flows. Also a good source to pick up VHDL. The diagrams are very clear and easy to understand.

After reading through 3/4ths of this book, I was able to design a few components(different design) by myself without any help.

I would recommend this book highly..And if you're CS, please don't think of Chapter 3 as a waste and skip it.. Cause if you want to get a better understanding and feel for Better read it..I'm happy I was forced to.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Book
It seems that the author is preaching to the engineering choir because it is written for people who seem to already know the subject. Furthermore, it seems that the author has a sick desire to tell everyone how smart he is by taking a simple subject and making it as hard as possible. There is no intention of teaching the subject and its only purpose is to tell you that it exists. With the exception of a few good tables/examples, much of the writing and diagrams are crammed in an endless, sloppy soup of paragraphs and over inflated jargon. Concepts are NOT taught in a structured, simplistic, thorough, or systematic approach, so using this book as a quick reference would be difficult as well. Problem examples are few and are buried within the text. I did NOT find any humor in the pages but did find the material to be as exciting as watching paint dry. Concept instruction, which seems simple at first, quickly degenerates to the point that the rest of the chapter no longer makes any sense. Freshman students in Computer Science, who are forced to use this book by their university, will find it difficult to comprehend to the point of becoming discouraged and thinking this major is not for them. I highly recommend finding a supplement to this book and purchasing a used copy if its use is mandatory.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a good book for nonECE students >:(
The first four to five chapters are ok. You actually get a chance to learn something useful, like binary arythmetic and switching algebra, as well as how to build some basic circuits (although I often had to search the web for the additional explanation). After that, however, the material becomes so complex and confusing, that after reading it I usually was like "Uh, what did he just talk about?" All in all, I think that the ECE class was a waste of time and I wander why we had to take it in the first place.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very nice book on Digital Design
It is not an easy task to write a book that guides the reader from the very basic knowledge to the understanding the advanced problems of digital design and to keep the reader not to get it off for many hours. This book shows it is possible. It covers all that is necessary to master the digital design and contains answers to many questions that are usually not discussed in other similar books - e.g. why a latch and not a flipflop is used to store address in a microcomputer, and a lot of others. The ABEL and VHDL languages that are explained here help the reader to keep up with the modern design tools. Many examples illustrate the theoretical exposition that is (up to several minor exceptions) clear and comprehensible. I think it is the best book I have ever read in this field. ... Read more

151. Environmental Health and Safety Audits
by Lawrence B. Cahill
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-28)
Publisher: Government Institutes
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This expanded edition of Environmental Health and Safety Audits brings you up-to-date on changes in EPA and OSHA auditing policies, issues currently confronting auditing programs, and state-of-the-art strategies for managing and conducting audits. The author discusses new developments in information generation and availability, including new chapters on meeting ISO 14000 auditing guidelines, auditing dilemmas, and auditing tips, and new tools for building a successful audit program, including seven model program stages. ... Read more

152. Lean Manufacturing Implementation: A Complete Execution Manual for Any Size Manufacturer
by Dennis P. Hobbs
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent How-To Guide
I have been looking long and hard for a simple, step-by-step guide to implementing Lean methodologies in my facility and I have finally found it. Most of the Lean books I've seen up to this point discuss high-level concepts, without detailing the steps and tools needed to put the strategy into practice. However, this book (more of a "how-to" manual, really) outlines all the tasks needed to move from a traditional batch manufacturing system to a Lean environment.

It covers everything from project scoping to line design to Kanban materials movement systems. Not only that, the author provides all the tools (formulas, charts, project management tips, etc.) to guide you through the process. He's also provided methods, like the daily resource planning tool, that help you manage the line after the Lean processes are up and running.

I'm using the guide now for my line reconfiguration, and have gotten it for everyone on my implementation team. This book is good for any manufacturer that is planning to implement Lean, but doesn't have a plan for how to go about it.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Pragmatic Approach to Lean Manufacturing!
This is the first book that I have read on Lean Manufacturing that was not a reflection of the author's ego masquerading behind a plethora of platitudes and hedonism. Mr. Hobbs uses a lexicon of terms and applications anybody can understand, making this not only a useful implementation tool, but also a dynamic resource and training tool. As proof, we assembled an implementation team of personnel from all areas of our factory, and were successful in converting two of our product lines in less than twelve weeks simply by following Mr. Hobbs' book. We plan on completing the other seven by the end of Q2. If you want to reap the rewards and benefits as a Lean Manufacturer, I highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended "get-things-done" guide
In Lean Manufacturing Implementation: A Complete Execution Manual For Any Size Manufacturer, business consultant Dennis P. Hobbs draws upon his more than thirty years of experience in the manufacturing sector to present a no-nonsense, go-getter business guide offering a project management approach guided by a "how-to" sequence in order to make manufacturing processes lean and efficient. Emphasizing how to make a factory conversion to "Lean Manufacturing" without hiring expensive consultants -- as well as offering practical information concerning resource identification, line design, operational definition, pull chains, pull sequences, replenishment time and more, Lean Manufacturing Implementation is a highly recommended "get-things-done" guide that specifically focuses upon what is needed and necessary to get results. ... Read more

153. Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook
by NeilSclater, NicholasChironis
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Asin: 0071361693
Catlog: Book (2001-06-13)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 83354
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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2,501 mechanisms and mechanical devices – at your fingertips!

A one-of-a-kind pictorial directory, Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Third Edition, gives you drawings and descriptions of time-tested components, mechanisms, and devices. A carefully compiled index lets you quickly find a specific component which may very well be the exact problem-solving answer you’ve been seeking. You can count on this guide to help you:

* Recycle successful mechanical inventions into new products, with or without modifications
* Design basic mechanisms from scratch with a chapter of tutorial text and formulas
* Save time researching patents
* Get a refresher on the design and function of bearings, belts, brakes, clutches, couplings, cranks, feeders, gears, genevas, joints, latches, linkages, pumps, screws, springs, and switches
Stay on top of present and future trends in mechanical engineering and machine design, with up-to-date treatments of motion control systems; 2D and 3D CAD software; industrial robots and rapid prototyping (RP) systems; recent research and spinoffs of MEMS technology ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for R&D
An engineer friend of mine showed me this book and the next day I bought one for myself. Any time I'm faced with a design problem this is the first place I look. The illustrations are very well done and the text descriptions are illuminating and worthwhile reading.

Cheers to Sclater and Chironis!

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun
this book is for the person who likes to fool around in the workshop inventing things. I like to do that as often as I can and this book has really boosted my productivity in the shop. Before I start on a new project I like to scan the book again and see if I can use any of the ideas. I never fail to find something I can use. The drawings are a big help in understanding the devices. There is no other book like this. It is a gathering of all the neat gadgets all in one book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook
Detailed graphical and pictorial images of many different mechanisms grouped in catagories for easy searching. When your stuck on a mechanical design, this book can be a great help.

5-0 out of 5 stars *Excellent* reference source book for brainstorming
I used this book frequently in an undergraduate mechanical engineering design curriculum. Many of the images are self explanitory, and often provide a solution to a mechanism problem at hand. A must for every mechanical design engineer! ... Read more

154. Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Tools, 2nd Edition
by Preston G.Smith, Donald G.Reinertsen
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Asin: 0471292524
Catlog: Book (1997-10-10)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 37772
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Advance praise for Developing Products in Half the Time Second Edition New Rules, New Tools Preston G. Smith • Donald G. Reinertsen "This is an exceptional book! Get a new highlighter before you start. There are so many ‘ah ha’s’ in each chapter you will never make it through with an old one." Don LaCombe, Ford Motor Company, Product Development Process Leadership "An excellent book with a strong treatment of the cycle-time consequences of overloading your development capacity. It provides powerful and practical concepts for dealing with this issue." Andrew Aquart, Director Product Development, Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson Company "This is practical, useful stuff for people competing in highly competitive fast moving business." Dr. Paul Borrill, Chief Scientist, Sun Microsystems "3M has absorbed many of the tools from the original edition, and this new one will be even more useful. The topic of incremental innovation is crucial to us, and I really appreciate its balanced treatment." Ronald H. Kubinski, Manager New Product Commercialization Services, 3M Company "As the authors correctly point out, the Fuzzy Front End is the least expensive place to reduce cycle time. This book is one of the only sources of concepts, methods, and metrics for compressing this critical portion of the development process." David M. Lewis, Product Manager, Eastman Kodak Co. "Using these tools we’ve more than cut our time to market in half. The new edition of this classic crystallizes the synergy of the fast-to-market techniques, and the icons in the margins highlight the opportunities and pitfalls." Mike Brennan , Vice President of Product Development, Black & Decker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent must-read for senior managers
I found that this book was packed full of common sense, which is rare in a development management book. Although it has a lot of examples of manufacturing of phsyical goods, I found it great as a software manager. There aren't many spare words in this book, either -- it's terse and well edited, so you get the raw facts and the necessary stories to back them up, but not a lot (or any, really) fluff.

I am putting it on my bookshelf for software engineers, right next to Writing Solid Code and Debugging the Development Process, two classics for software engineers and team leads, respectively.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy and Read
Absolutely the best book there is on the subject of new product development. Of particular import is the discussion on market and pricing dynamics, which may be new to technical-types. Choosing the right product to develop is critical to avoid "The Innovators Dilemma". The book however needs to add more to the discussion of the importance (and risk) of rapid return of (partial) information to the team during the development cycle, as well as human (team) dynamics. I would therefore recommend "The Team Handbook" as a necessary adjunct.

5-0 out of 5 stars very sophisticated tools for real life product development
While the first edition was a bit dry to read in the first four chapters, the second edition is more fun. The value of the content has not been reduced with rev 2.0, on the contrary.

The book is full of sound business theory which is well explained and put into real life context to help the non-MBA to transfer the message to their respective challenges.

Also invaluable are the hints towards common pitfalls. They show that the authors have really applied the theory and are aware of the human factor in change processes.

I read rev 1.0 and 2.0 and will probably buy 3.0 as well.

Keep going!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reading for Software Managers
Over 14 years of software experience confirmed alot of what this book offered. It's well written, chalked full of great facts and gives you a perspective on the possibilities for software development. Let's face-it, software development has almost zero manufacturing issues. So, if your looking for the real reason to implement processes and methodolgies into your development processes, this book will take you there.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a must-read book for all development managers
This is a treatise on management techniques, not process improvement. The first two chapters detail the decision of which projects to speed up, implying that a manager can only speed up a project by overstaffing it and clearing its path of the usual bureaucracy. Therefore, there is no permanent process gain to be had. But it is a great guide for decision makers looking to cut some time off any (or every) project. The fundamental tenets are these:

1) Make the decision to develop a new product idea quickly.

2) Staff all functions to the project immediately and keep them on throughout (no ramp-up, no handoffs)

3) Specify it simply and quickly and do not change the spec (3 days, 3 pages).

4) Spend a little time on the product architecture, designing for modularity and quick development.

5) User overlapping development techniques (work on multiple modules simultaneously)

6) Make a successful transition to manufacturing to complete the project.

You can halve the development time of most projects just by changing the way you manage your projects, without doing a lot of overtime or increasing the cost of development. Many of the answers are in this book. Again, this is a must read book for all development managers. ... Read more

155. Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (11th Edition)
by Michael R. Lindeburg
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Asin: 1888577681
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.
Sales Rank: 28388
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual is the most trusted study guide and reference for the mechanical PE exam. This edition has been updated to reflect the new breadth-and-depth format of the exam. All exam topics are reviewed clearly and completely, and more than 200 solved example problems and almost 530 practice problems (200 of them new) demonstrate key concepts and help you understand the most efficient way to solve problems. The text is enhanced by hundreds of illustrations, charts, and other data, and an extensive index.

For solutions to the practice problems in this manual, order Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 11th edition (ISBN 1-888577-69-X). Both these books are part of Professional Publications's Engineering Review Series, used by over 600,000 engineers to pass their licensing exams. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Manual
Not only is this book great as a tool to study for the PE exam, it also is one of the most useful mechanical engineering reference books. If there is only one engineering reference book you could have, I would strongly recommend this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great PE reference Guide
I used this book along with the class and the key is to get familiar with the book. Passed the PE on the first try. I still use the book as my primary reference it's that good! Unfortunately, the book doesn't talk to you, or transfer material by osmosis so you still need to take the time and read it. The book doesn't cover fundamentals(if you need this, get the FE book). It gives you cookbook formulas and information needed to solve about 90% of the problems. It may be wise to take a PE refresher course to help walk you through the material. As for the errors, the publisher posts the errata/corrections on the web and keeps it updated. There is also a solutions manual for the book, I highly recommend this if you are preparing for the PE.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Engineering Reference
This is bar-none the most complete and easiest to understand reference and study guide on the market. I used it almost exclusively when studying for and taking the P.E. and passed on the first try. My only regret is that I did not buy a copy upon graduation from college as it and would have most likely increased my on the job learning curve. It is truly a must-have reference for any engineer's bookshelf

My hat is off to M. R. Lindeburg, P.E.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great tool, but FULL of errors!
Don't get me wrong, I don't regret buying this book, but the overwhelming number of errors in this book is staggering and inexcusable, especially since all of the formulas and most of the problems should just be cut-n-paste from various respected sources. It's frustrating not knowing if your getting a practice problem wrong because you're doing it wrong or because the book has the wrong formulas, problem wording, problem answers, etc.

Even the online errata list only covers a portion of the errors.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Edition
While evaluating the merits of the other customer reviews I noted that they were all posted prior to this edition. While normally not an issue with this type of reference manual, it is important right now, seeing as how the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam Format is to be changed drastically with the next Exam. I would expect that this new edition has been developed to incorporate this change but have yet to see any comments as to how well it has been changed. I currently possess the previous edition and plan to take the exam in October 2001. While I agree with the other reviewers on the previous editions excellence, I would like to know whether there is any substantial reason to purchase the New Edition and replace my earlier edition. ... Read more

156. Voice and Data Communications Handbook (Standards & Protocols)
by Regis J. "Bud" Bates, Donald Gregory
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Asin: 0072131888
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Sales Rank: 192541
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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What's New?--The telecommunications industry is rapidly changing--mergers, consolidations, new products, and innovations occur almost daily. Here's what's new from the last edition: broadband such as xDSL and CATV services for high speed data and Internet access; frame relay with Voice over Frame and a Frame/ATM internetworking section; updated wireless communications; new section dealing with CLEC (local exchange carrier) business and the value of the business market for telecom; new info on signaling systems and the local number portability issues at hand. Illustrated and practical approach--heavily illustrated with key concepts and techniques for doing the job right. Offers a practical approach for using the most advanced telecommunication technologies. Expert author--Bud Bates is a well-respected expert in computing communications, and an instructor for major telecommunication companies such as Nortel, Fujitsu, and others. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best introductory book I've seen
This is easily the best introductory book I've run across. It covers a wide range of topics in a manner that is conversational rather than dry and boring. It's an easy read and they make some very complicated subject matter very easy to understand. I was constantly amazed at how the material sprang off the page. Some outstanding historical material as well -- excellent overview of where the phone system came from.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best introductory communications text I've seen.
This book is easily the best introduction to voice and data communications I've seen. I wish I had this when I first got into the business 10 years ago! Jargon isn't used until after it's introduced, text is plain and easy to read, and illustrations are clear and informative. My only quibbles are the index could be better, and a larger glossary would be very nice. Also, it's not quite as up to date as I had hoped it to be; for example, it talks about V.34 as a pending standard, and no mention is made at all of V.90. Nevertheless, at $65, this 900 page book is well worth the price.

2-0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Incorrect
I puchased this book, in addition to many other telecom books and found this to be one of the worst ones. Not only is the information useless it is written in a diffucult to understand fashion. I recommend that you do not waste corporate money of this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grade A Content, C for Delivery
I'm new to telecom and bought this book to get up to speed. I must say first and foremost that I am getting up to speed.

But right after that I have to say that I can't read more than 10 pages in a row without finding a glaring error. For example, the term "jitter" is defined twice in two pages. Why? Plenty of typos, some of the illustrations look like the postscript monster ate them, and the 1,000 pages could easily be condensed to 500-600 by getting rid of redundancy.

For example, the difference between analog amplifiers and digital repeaters is defined around 5 times in the first 300 pages (with more or less the same illustration at least two of those times). So, yeah, I get the concept now and couldn't forget it if I wanted to, but I didn't need to be told so many times.

All that said, if I would recommend this book to anyone new to telecom, but advise them to be gentle critics or keep their red pens handy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Keep looking for "the" one-stop, comprehensive telecom book
I am a senior engineer for network security operations. I bought "Voice and Data Communications Handbook, Fourth Edition" (VADCH:4E) to gain a general understanding of communications technologies beyond the LAN. Although the book mentions all of the systems which interested me, I was not satisfied with the manner in which they were covered. VADCH:4E is better than Ross' "Telecommunications Technologies" but inferior to Green's "Irwin Handbook of Telecommunications." Nevertheless, I'm still looking for an author who delivers the goods on voice and data communications essentials.

VADCH:4E's table of contents is sure to impress; it mentions T carriers, VPNs, X.25, Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, SMDS, Frame Relay, ISDN, ATM, DSL, SS7, LNP, Cellular/PCS, WAP, 3G Wireless, SONET/SDH, and other key telecom systems and concepts. Unfortunately, I rarely finished a chapter with a good grasp of the material. I desperately searched for clues to questions I felt were key to understanding each technology. Rather than launching into an extended discussion of each system, I would have preferred hearing exactly how each technology works, with comparison to other technologies. More is not better if the "more" isn't helpful!

VADCH:4E is advertised as being "straightforward and jargon-free." This approach supposedly appeals to management types. In reality, the book swings wildly from mind-numbing grade-school-level analogies to material only understood with outside references. A 1074 page book needs to pick a writing style and stay the course. Otherwise, it alienates both nontechnical and technical readers. (Incidentally, technical readers may wonder why the authors believe Windows screen savers contribute to LAN traffic; see page 674 to read this odd claim.)

On a positive note, VADCH:4E consistently offered useful information on the history and business rationale for many telecom systems. Many of the connectivity diagrams were excellent. (These were usually offset by cheesy "clip-art" type graphics elsewhere, unfortunately.) VADCH:4E also includes descriptions of the framing formats for most telecom transmission systems.

Overall, I don't recommend reading a book this large if it doesn't answer the key questions I expect readers to ask. While I'm more familiar with telecom basics after reading VADCH:4E, I still hope another book makes more sense of the telecommunications environment. ... Read more

157. Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
by Taiichi Ono, Taiichi Ohno
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Catlog: Book (1988-02-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The *real* General
After only reading a few pages of this book I could see that this Toyota has a lethal weapon in business that American companies seen not interested in using - or worse think that thay are using it just fine? Compare "TPS" with "My Years With General Motors" and imagaine who you would rather compete with? Demming said something like "export everything from America... except american management!" This book will show you why.
This book is not a "ISO" type blueprint in that it is a consise overview without much "filler" or stale requirements so don't worry if you donot get the big picture until you have read and maybe reread the book.
One note - I think that just maybe (if I can be so bold) that chapter 3 should be read first then the rest of the book. I also recomend other books (and web searches) on Kaizen by those who have done it for as long as Mr. Ohno.
I love this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure to high management
I really enjoyed reading Mr. Ohno's book. Even though it is a short book, it is full of ideas that can be applied to any production bussiness.
Even though that the system was created for a car production facility, the concept of "waste" is useful to any type of manufacturing. This idea, coupled with the concept of producing exactly what is sold ( or what the client requests )allows any company to became profitable in times when profit margins get narrower and narrower.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Book on TPS
I am a former Toyota Engineer and recommend that anyone interested in learning about the Toyota Production System a.k.a. lean manufacturing this is the place to start. Mr. Ohno is the creator of TPS and he gives a very good overview of how the system works. The book is very easy to read and easy to understand. This book should be read by all upper management employees looking to create a lean environment in their plants. The book will give you a good foundation to start implementing the techniques. It is the best book to read considering it comes from the inventor himself. It is the best you are going to find shy of being actually trained within Toyota's walls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult material covered simply
This is a short book and as such gets to the point. Explains difficult concepts in a simple way. This book explains how JIT, Kanban, Zero Defects came about. Also shows what is missing from American JIT and that is production leveling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of principles of Just In Time Mfg.
Mr. Ohno is the father of Toyota's just in time production system, also called lean manufacturing, though it is more than just that. The book gives an excellent primer on the basic principles of JIT, work-flow, leveling, waste minimization, etc. He also covers the history and application of these philosophies at Toyota. The book is a surprisingly good read, and Mr. Ohno's dynamic and engaging personality shows through. A must read for MBA students, persons in manufacturing or occupations where time is money. ... Read more

158. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
by J. M.Smith, Hendrick C Van Ness, MichaelAbbott, J. M. Smith, Hendrick Van Ness
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Asin: 0072402962
Catlog: Book (2000-12-14)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 157037
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 6/e, presents comprehensive coverage of the subject of thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. The text provides a thorough exposition of the principles of thermodynamics and details their application to chemical processes.The chapters are written in a clear, logically organized manner, and contain an abundance of realistic problems, examples, and illustrations to help students understand complex concepts.New ideas, terms, and symbols constantly challenge the readers to think and encourage them to apply this fundamental body of knowledge to the solution of practical problems.

The comprehensive nature of this book makes it a useful reference both in graduate courses and for professional practice. The sixth edition continues to be an excellent tool for teaching the subject of chemical engineering thermodynamics to undergraduate students. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Useless
Ok, so i am a chemical engineering student, and this is supposed to be the textbook. Which allegedly would later on make it a forced reference for a student. However, the only useful information is the steam tables, because the properties and other things are insufficient, trust me, the book has sitted on my shelf unused for a year and a half. I have not sold it because no one here would buy it. The explanations are poor. If you want to know about thermodynamics, this is really not your book, I would rather recommend a Fisicochemistry book.

As for properties tables and the such, well, the information you are really going to use is all summed up in the Chemical Engineer's Handbook, which is a must for any ChE, even if you're just a student (believe me, it has saved me a lot of times).

2-0 out of 5 stars Old, outdated classic cant compete with modern thermo books!
Although the book is totally introductory, it does *not* serve well to teach you something. Contents, concepts, structure, didactics, writing style and layout are more than obsolete: this text is the worst US-textbook on thermo ever (engineering thermo/chemical thermo/chemical engineering thermo), believe me! If you do not share my opinion, then it must be due to your absolute ignorance regarding this field or your pretended incompetence. This book is neither worth buying, owning, working with, nor looking at. Do not waste your time with this superficial and totally introductory, conveying-nothing text. The reason why this has been a best-seller from the late 1940's to the late 1980's (four decades!) is its age: it has been the *very* first, (c)1949, and thus, the most well-known, popular book on chem eng thermo. 'The eldest' is always being respected the most ("a classic"), but this does not mean that a best-selling classic is the best. Forget this outdated title of the (outdated?) McGraw-Hill Chemical Engineering Series and profit from the new fresh look and uptodate, modern approach taken by competitive book series (Wiley, Prentice Hall, Wiley-Interscience, and...McGraw-Hill ;). Smith's 6th edition book is an incredibly poor monograph! And by the way, it is rather a treatment of Engineering Thermodynamics than a treatment of Chemical (Engineering) Thermodynamics!! Since this obsolete classic cannot compete with the new titles, I give a 2-stars rating only. 50 years ago, Smith was the de facto standard intro text (and it remains an "Introducation" throughout the 800 pages!), now this has changed.
Please also read my pos reviews of thermo books by Stanley I. Sandler 1999 (for advanced learners), Noel de Nevers 2002 (for beginners), and Stanley M. Walas 1985 (for workers). For a complete listing of relevant thermo titles have a look at table 8-1, pages 8.2-8.4, in Poling/Prausnitz/O'Connell 5th ed. c2001.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's complete, easy to read and comprehensive
This book is written specifically for chemical engineers.It covers topics such as EOS for non-ideal multicomponent mixtures, chemical reaction thermodynamics and thermodynamics of solutions. I suggest it to everyone who have trouble with this course.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited out of date
They just keep adding to this book without removing or editing old material. The book has become a chaotic jumble of ideas of the various authors. There are other better books out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars ok book
Well, I think this book is very informative. Unfortunately it is very boring. But, that just goes with the subj. matter. The one thing that is extremely annoying is the unit conversions table. I think that it could had been placed at a more convinient location (inner front cover) instead of being on pg.651/789. On that note, I'd recomment photocopying the u.c.table when working on the problems. An introductory book to get you started is: Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (richard m. felder). Great book! ... Read more

159. International Mechanical Code 2003 (International Mechanical Code)
by International Code Council
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-16)
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The 2003 International Building Code addresses the design and installation of building systems through requirements that emphasize performance.Fully compatible with all the International Codes, the 2003 edition provides up-to-date, comprehensive coverage that establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive- and performance-related provisions.Content is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of materials and building designs.Structural as well as fire- and life-safety provisions covering seismic, wind, accessibility, egress, occupancy, roofs, and more are included. ... Read more

160. Information Systems Today
by Leonard M. Jessup, Joseph S. Valacich, Leonard M Jessup
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Asin: 0130094145
Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Contemporary and well written, this book serves as a good desk reference for business professionals who need to know about information systems.Chapter topics include database management, telecommunications, electronic commerce, information system ethics, security, and more.For systems analysts or general business professionals who need to know about information systems. ... Read more

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