Ian Langmore

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Introduction to Abstract Algebra by W. Keith Nicholson
Introduction to Abstract Algebra by W. Keith Nicholson
This book has some errors. For example, a misstatement of Fermat's little theorem. Also, according to two professors, this book often uses non-standard conventions and notation. The book is very readable with many helpful examples. It may be a little easy--at least my professors feel compelled to teach above it. I'm at the end of my first year of abstract algebra.
Engineering Electromagnetics by Constantine A. Balanis
Engineering Electromagnetics by Constantine A. Balanis
3.0 out of 5 stars Open up and say Ahhhh :p, Feb. 20 2004
I'm not saying that this is a horrible book. It's just that Balanis walks you through steps of his proofs as if you're a mathematical klutz. He'll write out EVERY step in almost every proof, most of the steps in this book being trivial substitutions. He'll also repeat EVERYTHING for every single case (TE, TM etc...) This serves no purpose (except to give me back pain from carrying this heavy book) since:
1. If you want to really understand the proof, you're going to have to do it yourself and figure something out yourself.
2. If you just want to use the book as a reference, then all you need is the solution.
Overall though, it is probably a very practical book for… Read more
Nonlinear System Identification  -  Input-Output M&hellip by Robert Haber
2.0 out of 5 stars Caution, Jan. 24 2004
Note that I have not yet read enough of this book to provide a detailed review. I do feel obligated though to present information about the book that I feel is lacking.
1. This is a cookbook.
The authors (in the introduction) state that this book presents information as "recipes." So many different models are presented, but little is said about the reasons for picking particular models or the theoretical aspects of them. That being said, the book still can be useful since, presumably, the authors have surveyed the field of literature and picked out the "most useful" techniques for you. You can always follow the many references for further information… Read more