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Artech HouseCambridge University PressEach 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.





Dilbert 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar

Dilbert 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar - RF CafeWhat could be worse than returning to work on January 2, 2015, and realizing that you neglected to procure for yourself a new Dilbert desk calendar? Side note: I recently checked into the cost for 'legally' posting Dilbert comics on RF Cafe. A very polite lady told me her franchise charges $75 per comic for the use of 1 to 9, and a bargain price of only $50 per use of 10 or more cartoons (other price breaks apply). So, it won't be happening on RF Cafe anytime soon, but you can always read them here.

Inventing the Electronic Century

Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries - RF CafeInventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries, by Alfred D. Chandler Jr. History changes quickly nowadays, so some of the reviews are a bit harsh in complaining of lack of material for the 21st century, which is not the primary subject of the book. "Consumer electronics and computers redefined life and work in the twentieth century. In Inventing the Electronic Century, Pulitzer Prize-winning business historian Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. traces their origins and worldwide development. From electronics prime mover RCA in the 1920s to Sony and Matsushita's dramatic rise 1970s...

Featured Book: Understanding
LF and HF Propagation

Featured Book: Understanding LF and HF Propagation - RF CafeUnderstanding LF and HF Propagation, by Steve Nichols and Alan Melia, is a FREE e-book published by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Says MR. Nichols, "I wanted to look at the processes behind ionospheric propagation and try to explain some of the terms that are commonly used, such as solar flux index, K index, interplanetary magnetic field (Bz) and many more. The end result was a series of features that formed a good introduction to the topic. When I finished, my good friend Alan Melia G3NYK, took over and wrote three more features on LF propagation – a topic he is very well placed to explain." Thanks to Joe Birsa for letting me know about it.

Decoding the Heavens: Antikythera Mechanism

Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer - and the Century-long Search to Discover Its SecretsDecoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer - and the Century-long Search to Discover Its Secrets, by Jo Marchant. Discovered a century ago in an ancient Mediterranean shipwreck, the Antikythera mechanism instantly attracted scientific interest. It had gears, which was and remains unique among artifacts from Greco-Roman civilization. So begins Marchant's mystery about the object, a tale that ends in triumph but not before inveigling individuals who not only puzzled over the device but also became obsessively devoted to figuring it out. Tantalized by the Antikythera mechanism, scholar Derek de Solla Price felt it was the clue with which he could...

Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers

Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers - RF CafeEnvelope Tracking Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, by Zhancang Wang. Envelope tracking technology is seen as the most promising efficiency enhancement technology for RF PA for 4G and beyond wireless communications. More and more organizations are investing and researching on this topic with huge potential academic and commercial values. This is the first book on the market to give complete introduction, theory, and design considerations on envelope tracking for wireless communications...

Frontiers in Antennas: Next
Gen Design & Engineering

Frontiers in Antennas: Next Generation Design & Engineering - RF Cafe Featured BookFrontiers in Antennas: Next Generation Design & Engineering, by Frank Gross. Edited by one of the world's foremost authorities on smart antennas and featuring contributions from global experts, Frontiers in Antennas discusses the latest advances in antenna design and engineering. This pioneering guide deals primarily with frontier antenna designs and frontier numerical methods. Many of the concepts presented have emerged within the last few years and are still in a rapid state of development. Each chapter provides in-depth details on a unique and modern antenna technology.

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