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Electrical Engineering: Know It All Paperback – Aug 25 2008
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About the Author
Clive "Max" Maxfield received a BS in Control Engineering from Sheffield Polytechnic, England in 1980. He began his career as a mainframe CPU designer for International Computers Limited (ICL) in Manchester, England. Max now finds himself a member of the technical staff (MTS) at Intergraph Electronics, Huntsville, Alabama. Max is the author of dozens of articles and papers appearing in magazines and at technical conferences around the world. Max's main area of interest are currently focused in the analog, digital, and mixed-signal simulation of integrated circuits and multichip modules.
John Bird, the author of over 100 textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects, is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, U.K. More recently, he has combined freelance lecturing at Portsmouth University, with technical writing and Chief Examiner responsibilities for City and Guilds Telecommunication Principles and Mathematics, and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. John Bird is currently a Senior Training Provider at the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Marine and Air Engineering at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, U.K. The school, which serves the Royal Navy, is one of Europe’s largest engineering training establishments.
Alan Bensky, MScEE, an electronics engineering consultant with over 25 years of experience in analog and digital design, management, and marketing. Specializing in wireless circuits and systems, Bensky has carried out projects for varied military and consumer applications. He is the author of Short-range Wireless Communication, Second Edition, published by Elsevier, 2004, and has written several articles in international and local publications. He has taught courses and gives lectures on radio engineering topics. Bensky is a senior member of IEEE.
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I have graduate degrees in physics and bioengineering and took several courses in electrical engineering as an undergraduate senior and in graduate school, but I am not a full blown electrical engineer. I know (knew?) enough for my needs. I purchased this book as a refresher and companion to Horowitz and Hill because this volume is available for my Kindle. The reviews convinced me this would be a good buy. I don't dispute the content and the writing style is good. There are, however, many, many typos in the figures, examples, and in line symbols. I am only 50 pages or so into the book and have been very frustrated that I am now proof reading a book when I wanted to be refreshing my understanding. Example, Figure 2.1 lists Mica with a resistivity of 1X10 ^ -13 ohms m, or 10 ^7 micro ohms m and glass as 1X10 ^ 8 ohm m or 10^4 micro ohm m. Fine, I can unwind things like this, but I am nervous as I get into the more advanced chapters where I'm counting on the book to give me accurate information. If you already know the material, you can read the book and correct the typos. If not, be careful. I don't know if the same errors exist in the hard bound version. Maybe someone who has it can check...
I continued looking through the book and wondered why in the world they would have a section on Circuit Simulation with so many different software programs available. Yet after reviewing the section, it was actually very informative and talked specifically about the type of tests that were performed like DC analysis and AC small signal analysis as well as pole zero analysis and noise analysis regards to the types of tests and analysis that go on in software like Tina Pro, MultiSim or SPICE.
In reviewing the Filter Design chapter, lets face it Signals and Systems wasn't my strong point, once again the explanations were easy to follow and yet enough so that I could continue with a more complex book in needed.
I would suggest this book to any college student who wants to get a better explanation on the topic that they are currently studying. This would be a great primer for Electronics, Analog and Signals and Systems. For any electrical engineer out of school that needs a quick review on a topic not seen for a while, this book would be an excellent reference.
But as mentioned in another review, be careful with the figures as section 17.3.3 mentions a low pass filter and references figure 17.7 which are high pass filter graphs. If you can pick out the problems then you are in the right field of work.
While my Computer Engineering degree covered most of the topics covered in this text, it's been 14 years, and I've forgotten a lot of it. This book provides a very thorough overview of the topics covered with excellent example problems. While I don't think this book would be enough to base an entire degree, it does make for a great review and will find a treasured spot on my reference bookshelf!
I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking such a reference book on the general field of EE.
I particularly liked the section on Digital Electronics by Clive Maxfield. In several sub-sections he explains topics that I never really understood from my many classes on the topic!
I really can find nothing wrong with this work. I wish I'd had it 14 years ago!
The table of contents is the best description of what is in the book. It starts from the basics, and covers the basis of every electrical engineering course you took (or didn't), and some courses that may have come into being since you started your engineering career. The authors (all are authors) of the chapters know the material well, and present it as thoroughly as can be done in the few pages given. Pertinent equations are given through out, and explained. Of course, some of the equations are just reminders of what you learned "years" ago.
Please proceed with caution as you read the book. Some figures have things a little backward, like those in Figure 17.3 (high and low pass filters reversed).
Remember, this is a reference book. As such, you cannot just use it to learn electrical engineering. Having the background will help you use it in work or engineering school. It is complete enough to help you resolve a problem, and also has references you can turn to if you need more.
I recommend having this book on your shelf.