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Each week, I select a new book that is relevant to engineers, scientists, students, hobbyists or managers. Most of the time they are sold through Amazon (I earn a few pennies on each sale), but when possible, I present books that are available in an e-book format that can be downloaded for free. The latter are much less available. After all, most people like to be paid for their work, as I'm certain that you do, too.
Note: I just began archiving these picks in May of 2009, but they have been going on since about 2003.
Analysis, Design, Fabrication and Measurement, by Jafar Shaker
Mohammad, Reza Chaharmir, and Jonathan Ethier. Reflect array antennas refer to the class of radiating structures that are comprised of an array of radiating elements, re-radiating the energy that is impinged on them from one or more radiating feeds that are located in free space. The constituent radiators that build a reflect array can be shaped to bring about some flexibility in the way that antenna operates such as multi band/polarization operation. The printed nature of these elements allow integration of active elements that can further enhance the functionality of the reflect array. This allows for capabilities such as power amplification, adaptive beam shaping, and beam switching.
History of Semiconductor Engineering, by Bo Lojek. This book provides a unique account of the history of integrated circuit, the microelectronics industry and the people involved in the development of transistor and integrated circuit. In this richly illustrated account the author argues that the group of inventors was much larger than originally thought. This is a personal recollection providing the first comprehensive behind-the-scenes account of the history of the integrated circuit.
Your New Job Title Is "Accomplice," by Scott Adams. If you are looking for a gift for your engineer spouse, friend, son, or daughter, then what could be better than the latest collection of Dilbert comics? Both traditional paperback and newfangled Kindle versions are available. Not the reading type? How about a Dilbert 2014 Calendar? Seriously, if you are buying the calendar because your engineer is not a reader, then he/she would be better served with Learn to Read, by Zac the Rat (the name doesn't really rhyme, BTW).
Multiple Target Tracking, by Lawrence D. Stone, Roy L. Streit, Thomas L. Corwin, Kristine
L. Bell. This book views multiple target tracking as a Bayesian inference problem. Within
this framework it develops the theory of single target tracking, multiple target tracking,
and likelihood ratio detection and tracking. In addition to providing a detailed description
of a basic particle filter that implements the Bayesian single target recursion, this resource
provides numerous examples that involve the use of particle filters. With these examples
illustrating the developed concepts, algorithms, and approaches -- the book helps radar
engineers track when observations are nonlinear functions of target site, when the target
state distributions or measurement error distributions are not Gaussian...
Radio Receiver Technology: Principles, Architectures and Applications, by Ralf Rudersdorfer. Basic principles and theories of present-day communications receiver technology presenting realization concepts at the system level, taking into consideration the various types of users. Details of the circuitry are described providing the reader with an understanding of fully digitized radio receivers, offering an insight into the state-of-the-art. The author outlines fields of applications and their features and considers the specialty of high-quality radio receivers. They are typically used for radio surveillance, signal intelligence, modern radio bearing and at the classical radio services and describes the entire range of parameters that are useful for the characterization of these receivers.
Digital Waveform Generation, by Dr. Pete Symons. This overview introduces powerful, flexible and practical digital waveform generation techniques, enabling the design of bespoke digital waveform generation systems from scratch. Including detailed hardware design examples and downloadable Mathcad models created for 'what if?' design scenarios, this is essential reading for professional members of the digital signal processing community. Peter Symons is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design of digital and analogue signal processing systems and is Chief Engineer at Avalon Sciences Ltd.
De-Embedding: From Theory to Applications, by Giovanni Crupi and Dominique Schreurs.
This groundbreaking book is the first to give an introduction to microwave de-embedding,
showing how it is the cornerstone for waveform engineering. The authors of each chapter
clearly explain the theoretical concepts, providing a foundation that supports linear and
non-linear measurements, modeling and circuit design. Recent developments and future trends
in the field are covered throughout, including successful strategies for low-noise and power
amplifier design. This book is a must-have for those wishing to understand the full potential
of the microwave de-embedding concept to achieve successful results in the areas of measurements,
modeling, and design at high frequencies.
Energy Suckers: How to Deal With Bullies in the Workplace, by Barbara Bartlein. The work world is full of bullies who criticize, blame, intimidate, and humiliate others. In a study of U.S. workers, 41% reported experiencing psychological aggression at work in the last year. Bullying occurs in every industry and every profession. It is estimates that more than two million professionals and managers are pushed out of their jobs each year by bullying. This comes at a cost to employers of $64 billion a year. Decreased productivity, absenteeism, low morale and teamwork are all outcomes of a toxic work culture.
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, by Denise Kiernan. Sometimes when deciding which book to use for this feature I look at what other RF Cafe visitors have purchased other than ones I recommend. Most items are electronics related, either books or devices, but occasionally titles like this appear and are relevant enough to use for the Featured Book (lots of great photos). "At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, TN, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work..."
the Internet of Things, by Adrian McEwen and Hakim Cassimally. Whether it's called physical
computing, ubiquitous computing, or the Internet of Things, it's a hot topic in technology:
how to channel your inner Steve Jobs and successfully combine hardware, embedded software,
web services, electronics, and cool design to create cutting-edge devices that are fun,
interactive, and practical. If you'd like to create the next must-have product, this unique
book is the perfect place to start. Both a creative and practical primer, it explores the
platforms you can use to develop hardware or software, discusses design concepts that will
make your products eye-catching and appealing, and shows you ways to scale up from a single
prototype to mass production.
Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Electronic Packaging, by Rick Sturdivant. Packaging of electronic components at microwave and millimeter-wave frequencies requires the same level of engineering effort for lower frequency electronics plus a set of additional activities which are unique due to the higher frequency of operation. Without careful attention to these additional issues, it is not possible to successfully engineer electronic packaging at these frequencies. This resource presents the packaging issues which are unique to microwave and millimeter-wave frequencies and reviews lower frequency packaging techniques and how they can be tailored or analyzed for higher frequency designs.
Starting a Tech Business: A Practical Guide for Anyone Creating or Designing Applications or Software, by Alex Cowan. Why not make 2014 the year you finally launch the business you have been thinking about and/or working on seemingly forever? "Starting a Tech Business offers practical checklists and frameworks that business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals can apply to any tech-based business idea, whether you're developing software and products or beginning a technology-enabled business. You'll learn: 1. How to apply today's leading management frameworks to a tech business 2. How to package your product idea in a way that's highly actionable for your technical team 3. How to ask..."