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1. H.264 and MPEG4 Video Compression: Video Coding for Next Generation Multimedia by Iain E. G.Richardson, Iain E. G. Richardson  
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Focussing on compression tools and profiles for practical multimedia applications, this book ‘decodes’ the standards, enabling developers, researchers, engineers and students to rapidly get to grips with both H.264 and MPEG4 Visual. Reviews (1)
First on the subject, rough around the edges It appears that this book was rushed to publication in order to be first. Particularly in the chapter on H.264, there are many typos and incomplete figures. In some places, a new technical term is used without proper introduction. I look forward to a cleaner second edition in the future. ... Read more 
2. An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Michael E. Peskin  
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A modern classic
A major step since Bjorken/Drell
Good but could be better Overall, I found this a nice book to learn from, but horrible to return to when I try to fill in the gaps of my understanding of QFT.
The best book on QFT This book is also excellent for self study. Unlike Weinberg which is too formal or several others that are too specialized, Peskin & Schroeder presents a nice general overview of the topic.
Horrible book! 
3. Conformal Field Theory (Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics) by Philippe Di Francesco, Pierre Mathieu, David Senechal  
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Book Description Intended primarily for graduate students and researchers in theoretical highenergy physics, mathematical physics, condensed matter theory, statistical physics, the book will also be of interest in other areas of theoretical physics and mathematics.It will prepare the reader for original research in this very active field of theoretical and mathematical Physics. ... Read more Reviews (3)
This is a great book for beginners to learn CFT. Congratulations for this nice book!
A definite "must have" for those interested in CFT.
Very complete, the reference in the field 
4. Field and Wave Electromagnetics (2nd Edition) by David K. Cheng  
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A classical text but good foundations in Math needed.
Short and Concise An Engineer's Book!
Excellent and unique development, but lacking in some areas
Most Elegant Engineering Book I Have Seen I am reviewing these four books in one go because they are interrelated. Each of these book is strong in its own unique area. Introductory Electromagnetics by Popovic and Popovic is the best of these book for gaining an intuitive understanding of the difficult subject of electromagnetism. Its clarity and elegance reminds me of Feynman's Lectures in Physics. Every chapter is a work of inspiration. The carefully chosen examples are designed to impart understanding of electromagnetic principles rather than calculation skills. The book is excellent for those who are new to the subject. It is also excellent for those who have already learned some electromagnetics, but who feel that their understanding is still shaky. Field and Wave Electromagnetics by Cheng is the best of these books in terms of the mathematical development of electromagnetics. Although this approach may seem difficult at first glance, ironically the mathematical rigour makes the subject much easier to grasp. That is because mathematical precision goes a long way towards illuminating subtle principles of electromagnetism. As a result, this book, more so than any other book, has given me the confidence to handle the difficult subject of electromagnetism. Electromagnetics With Application by Kraus is the least systematic of these books, with some of the discussions being disjoint and abrupt. It is, however, valuable for its interesting and practical examples. It is a musthave book for anyone who is serious about electromagnetism. Schaums Outline of Electromagnetics, by Edminister, is an outstanding collection of problems and solutions, as well as summaries. It mirrors the excellence of Edminister's other Schaums Outline, namely, Electric Circuits. In summary, these four books have different strengths, respectively the following: (i) intuitive development; (ii) systematic development; (iii) practical application; and (iv) problem solving. These books form an awesome quartet, covering all the bases, and will provide you with a good foundation for advanced studies. A useful supplement for these books is Schaums Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables.
Graet! 
5. Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension by MICHIO KAKU  
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An Introduction to Hyperspace The author rambles about symmetry in arts; what is that got to do with hyperspace? The reader can find this discussion in any art book. Time travel has been described in layman's language in many books in depth; this discussion is unnecessary for this book. Throughout the book, the author refers to standard model and the equations of quantum mechanics as ugly; Equations are not ugly, they are complex or nonsymmetrical. The author could have devoted one chapter to describing the field equations in layman's terms; it would have helped a more enthusiastic reader to build a bridge to physics and tensor calculus. The reader should not be discouraged about mathematics in understanding relativity; many physicists themselves are heading to the library to learn about mathematics in String theory (Part 2). More appropriate title of the book could be hyperspace  a historical development of String theory. Despite the minor concerns, this book has strong points as observed above. I encourage the reader to buy this book; if you are not happy with this book, it is less than twolunch money (page numbers from 1994 edition).
Beyond the Third Dimension This book was written primarily for the general public. Having said this, some moderate background and interests in physics are necessary, but then again you probably wouldn't be reading this review to start with if you weren't interested in "Hyperspace", right? To sum up, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to find out more about the higher dimensions. Although there were occasions when I felt that Kaku has gone into too much details on the stories he quoted, which themselves could have been another interesting read if I wasn't told of the endings...
Great Book
A Rambling Tour of Modern Phsyics
An effective and truly genius approach! 
6. Handbook of Plastic Optics  
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7. Satellite Communications by TimothyPratt, Charles W.Bostian, Jeremy E.Allnutt  
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This is NOT 'Satellites for Dummies'...
Not a bad book but needs significant improvement I like the material presented in this book. It contains many examples and discussion on real applications. However the organization of this book is not good. It is just like putting several people's work together without appropriate coordination of the material. As a second edition of the book, it contains too much errors. You can find many errors in almost each chapter. I have to check carefully before I use their examples, equations and solutions. Otherwise I will get embarassed by letting the students pointing it out in my lecture. It is absolutely a shame. If you are an engineer who are already familiar with data communications and can tell those errors, this book is a good choice. But if you are a student, I sugget you stay away from it unless it is the textbook chosen by your lecturer.
Great for a beginner To cover allmost all area of the satellite communications, the overall composition is simillar to other books. At charper 3, 'SPACECRAFT', I could find fine explanation on the satellite beam and coverage. Especially, this helps me with understanding and analyzing the SRSCDROM data. This is really great for me. Some basic and important concepts like Noise, C/N and G/T are very well descibed in chapter 4, 'SATELLITE LINK DESIGN'. Freankly, most books tend to jump to mathmatical method to explain concepts. The author spared more pages to explain the concept and the physical meaning of the terminology. I know this is a very eficient and simple way to show the existing and potential meaning of terminology. But there are hundreds of good reasons to have this kind of kind book for a slowly understanding engineer like me. :) At chapter 5 and 6 to explain the modulation, multiplexing and multiple access, there are less fomulas and more tables and graphs. First, I read over those two chapters and went back to Dr. Ha's book above to learn the mathmatical expression. That's how you can expand the concept to individual field applications. The 'Design of Large Antennas' in chapter 9, 'EARTH STATION TECHNOLOGY' was helpful for me, too. It is pretty hard to find propper information about large antennas ahtough you have to face a bunch of confusing terminologies when you visit antenna company web sites like Vertex, RSI (recently merged to Vertex to make VertexRSI), or Datron. I believe the combination of this ook, 'Satellite Communications' and 'Digital Satellite Communications' will give you almost all knowledge you need from fundamental to practical level in satellite communications engineering field. ... Read more 
8. Adaptive Blind Signal and Image Processing by AndrzejCichocki, ShunichiAmari  
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Useful Book Blind Signal and Image Processing is an exciting and emerging research topic in fields such * Multistage robust blind separation of colored sources using second order statistics * Robust blind decorrelation, whitening and orthogonalization * Adaptive and information theoretic approaches to multichannel blind deconvolution with channel blind equalization * Natural gradient, Stiefel manifolds and Lie group approaches * Extended total and data least squares problems (ETLS/DLS) * Sparse representation of signals, constrained matrix factorization and minimum pnorm problems * MATLAB packages illustrating performance of a large number of ICA/BSS algorithms both for signals and colored images. ... Read more 
9. Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, Part I by Harry L. VanTrees  
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A Classic Text The course was taught directly from the text with little outside material. Very little has become obsolete in the 30+ years since it was written. The strong positives of this book are the philosophical organization, clear concise writing, and incredibly well conceived homework problems. The only negative of the book is that there are many proofs done in great detail. This provides the necessary foundation for the material, but also makes it easy for the student to lose track of the bigger picture. Dr. Van Trees tends to try to drive home the higher level concepts while glossing over many of the details when he is lecturing. The exercise problems then force the student to give the necessary attention to pertinent details. In my opinion, this is an excellent approach to teaching the material. Overall, this course was as good as any I've every taken. The text is as important and useful as any other I have. ... Read more 
10. The Finite Difference Time Domain Method for Electromagnetics by Karl S. Kunz, Raymond J. Luebbers  
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The classics of FDTD method 
11. Field Quantization by Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt, J. Reinhardt  
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Great Introduction
Detailed guide to QFT 
12. String Theory, Vol. 1 : An Introduction to the Bosonic String (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by Joseph Polchinski  
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Enlightening text on a murky topic
Good try, but too dense
very thorough and complete
Very thorough and upto date
The best introduction to strings. 
13. Quantum Theory of ManyParticle Systems by Alexander L. Fetter, John Dirk Walecka  
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Book Description "Singlemindedly devoted to its job of educating potential manyparticle theorists ... deserves to become the standard text in the field."Physics Today. "The most comprehensive textbook yet published in its field and every postgraduate student or teacher in this field should own or have access to a copy."Endeavor. A selfcontained treatment of nonrelativistic manyparticle systems, this text discusses both formalism and applications. Chapters on second quantization and statistical mechanics introduce groundstate (zerotemperature) formalism, which is explored by way of Green's functions and field theory (fermions), Fermi systems, linear response and collective modes, and Bose systems. Finitetemperature formalism is examined through field theory at finite temperature, physical systems at finite temperature, and realtime Green's functions and linear response. Additional topics cover canonical transformations and applications to physical systems in terms of nuclear matter, phonons and electrons, superconductivity, and superfluid helium as well as applications to finite systems. 1971 ed. 149 figures. 8 tables. ... Read moreReviews (6)
Still a Standard Text Plus, the Dyson equation! At last, you can find out what made Freeman Dyson famous amongst physicists. You can decide whether this ranks in importance to Feynman's and Schwinger's discoveries. The problem sets are nontrivial. Which will be appreciated by you, AFTER you have attempted them. (Whilst you are in an allnighter, trying to finish a problem set, your opinion may differ!) The book does not cover superstrings, because those came after its publication.
classical text for many particle theory Anyway, this is a good book. I hope everyone likes it!
A second year graduate student
Excellent Book
Green's function in manybody systems: ABC 
14. Ultra Wideband Signals and Systems in Communication Engineering by MohammadGhavami, LachlanMichael, RyujiKohno  
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This enlightening text is a must for senior undergraduates and postgraduate students interested in studying UWB, and the emphasis on UWB development for commercial consumer communications products means that any communication engineer or manager cannot afford to be without it! ... Read more 
15. Power Electronic Circuits by IssaBatarseh  
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16. Optimum Array Processing (Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, Part IV) by Harry L. VanTrees  
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Great academic reference  Practitioners: Use with caution! As for the book itself, it is BIG. For some reason, it gives the impression of being somewhat inflated. I can't pinpoint the exact reason for this, but I suspect it must have something to do with the relation between font size and paper size. The publishers claim there are 2000 references in the book. This may very well be true, as the bibliographies after each chapter generally are 10 to 15 pages long. Unfortunately, there is no overall bibliography in the book. While such a bibliography would inflate the book by somewhere between 100 and 150 pages (it is ~1500 pages in the current version), I think it would be worth adding it. What the contents is concerned, it is a definite academic angle on the material and the presentation. The practitioner may want to pay attention to the fact that the book title is "_Optimum_ Array processing", not "_Practical_ Array Processing". The "Multiple Signal Classification" (MUSIC) method and "Estimation of Signal Parameters via Rotational Invariant Techniques" (ESPRIT) algorithm are discussed extensively in the later chapters, but some details that turn out to be cruical when putting these methods to practical use appear to be missing in this book. The very motivation for developing the ESPRIT algorithm is that the MUSIC algorithm is extremely sensitive to array calibration data, i.e. that the array calibration matrix must be known with very high presicion. The inventors of ESPRIT, Roy and Kailath, pay meticulous attention to this problem in their journal articles (which are cited by van Trees). The problem of lacking array calibration data has indeed spawned an entire research field known as "blind source estimation". This is not mentioned at all in this book. The second issue I would like to point out is that alternative, SUBoptimum array processing techniques are very breafly commented in section 9.4 (which all in all is half a page long). I find one sentence in that section somewhat annoying: "We found that, for estimating the [Direction of Arrivals] of planewave signals the [suboptimum] algorithms did not perform as well as MUSIC and ESPRIT" and then the author defer from discussing these algorithms further. I am sure this decision can be defended from the point of view that the scope of the book is optimum array processing. However, I would like to see how the author tests the suboptimum methods, how they perform, and what he bases his conclusions on. There is a vast difference between tests with synthetic data, generated by the computer, and working with data measured in the real world. My experience from working with realworld data from short arrays at low signaltonoise ratios, is the exact opposite: The optimum algorithms work bad, if at all, while suboptimum algorithms do the job. All in all, this book gives an as complete overview of the stateoftheart in array processing as practically possible by one man to give in one volume. There are a couple of shortcommings, though. If this book was written by any other author and was published in any other series, it would be a clear fivestar. However, Dr van Trees has, with his "Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory" series, established himself as perhaps _the_ authority in the field, and therefore I believe this book should be measured by somewhat stricter standards. Thus the four stars. ... Read more 
17. RealTime Systems Design and Analysis by Phillip A.Laplante  
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Book Description This third edition of Phillip Laplante’s bestselling, practical guide to building realtime systems maintains its predecessors’ unique holistic, systemsbased approach devised to help engineers write problemsolving software. Dr. Laplante incorporates a survey of related technologies and their histories, complete with timesaving practical tips, handson instructions, C code, and insights into decreasing rampup times. RealTime Systems Design and Analysis, Third Edition is essential for students and practicing software engineers who want improved designs, faster computation, and ultimate cost savings. Chapters discuss hardware considerations and software requirements, software systems design, the software production process, performance estimation and optimization, and engineering considerations. This new edition has been revised to include:
RealTime Systems Design and Analysis, Third Edition remains an unmatched resource for students and practicing software engineers who want improved designs, faster computation, and ultimate cost savings. ... Read more 
18. Foundations for Microwave Engineering by Robert E.Collin  
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FOUNDATIONS FOR MICROWAVE ENGINEERING, Second Edition, has extensive coverage of transmission lines, waveguides, microwave circuit theory, impedance matching and cavity resonators. It devotes an entire chapter to fundamental microwave tubes, in addition to chapters on periodic structures, microwave filters, small signal solidstate microwave amplifier and oscillator design, and negative resistance devices and circuits. Completely updated in 1992, it is being reissued by the IEEE Press in response to requests from our many members, who found it an invaluable textbook and an enduring reference for practicing microwave engineers. About the Author Robert E. Collin is the author or coauthor of more than 150 technical papers and five books on electromagnetic theory and applications. His classic text, Field Theory of Guided Waves, is also a volume in the series. Professor Collin has had a long and distinguished academic career at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to his professional duties, he has served as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and as interim dean of engineering. Professor Collin is a life fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the Antennas and Propagation Society (APS). He is a member of U.S. Commission B of URSI and a member of the Geophysical Society. Other honors include the Diekman Award from Case Western Reserve University for distinguished graduate teaching , the IEEE APS Distinguished Career Award (1992), the IEEE Schelkunoff Prize Paper Award (1992), the IEEE Electromagnetics Award (1998), and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. In 1990 Professor Collin was elected to the National Academy of Engineering." Sponsored by: Reviews (3)
Good for Microwave Filter Understanding
Forget it
Very good text for the microwave engineer! 
19. Classification, Parameter Estimation and State Estimation : An Engineering Approach Using MatLab by Ferdinand van derHeijden, RobertDuin, Dick deRidder, David M. J.Tax  
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Book Description After an introductory chapter, the book provides the theoretical construction for classification, estimation and state estimation. The book also deals with the skills required to bring the theoretical concepts to practical systems, and how to evaluate these systems. Together with the many examples in the chapters, the book is accompanied by a MatLab toolbox for pattern recognition and classification. The appendix provides the necessary documentation for this toolbox as well as an overview of the most useful functions from these toolboxes. With its integrated and unified approach to classification, parameter estimation and state estimation, this book is a suitable practical supplement in existing university courses in pattern classification, optimal estimation and data analysis.

20. Linear and Nonlinear Waves (Pure and Applied Mathematics: A WileyInterscience Series of Texts, Monographs and Tracts) by G. B.Whitham  
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good backround
The most understandable treatment of waves I have read! 
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