Books of Interest: June 2008

Here is a selection of new books from Wiley–IEEE Press

6 June 2008

Here is a selection of new books from Wiley–IEEE Press. Members receive a 15 percent discount by using the promotional code INSA2 when ordering from Wiley.

 

 

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Understanding Lasers: An Entry-Level Guide, Third Edition
By Jeff Hecht (June 2008, US $69.95, 496 pp.)

Well-known science writer Jeff Hecht provides a thorough understanding of laser technology in this easy-to-understand tutorial for those who have no formal training in the field. Key topics include semiconductor lasers; solid-state lasers; gas lasers; and laser applications in information processing, communications, medical, industrial, and military systems.

 

Hanzo3G, HSDPA, and FDD versus TDD Networking: Smart Antennas and Adaptive Modulation, Second Edition
By Lajos Hanzo, Jonathan Blogh, and Song Ni (April 2008, $200, 596 pp.)

In the five years since the first edition of this book was published, the wireless landscape has changed greatly. This new edition addresses recent developments in the field of high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)–style wireless networking, focusing on the issues and challenges of frequency-division duplexing (FDD) and time-division duplexing (TDD) networking. Those solutions are particularly useful in shadow-faded scenarios, when the antenna array elements experience correlated, rather than independent, fading. The book addresses the network capacity gains that can be achieved with the advent of adaptive antenna arrays and HSDPA-style adaptive modulation techniques in the context of FDD and TDD networks.

 

SayedAdaptive Filters
By Ali H. Sayed (March 2008, $125, 786 pp.)

A comprehensive, up-to-date look at adaptive filtering, the book includes an extensive list of problems, computer projects, figures, and simulations. Readers get a gradual and solid introduction to a number of useful concepts from linear algebra and matrix theory, a detailed treatment of the subject of adaptive filtering, and applications to a variety of problems of practical relevance.

 

NayakHandbook of Applied Algorithms: Solving Scientific, Engineering, and Practical Problems
By Amiya Nayak and Ivan Stojmenovi (February 2008, $99.95, 560 pp.)

The handbook is geared to researchers, graduate students, and practitioners who want to explore the use of algorithms and discrete mathematics in solving scientific, engineering, and practical problems. The book covers a number of application areas for algorithms that have recently formed their own disciplines, including computational biology, computational chemistry, computational physics, sensor networks, and computer vision.

 

AlessoConnections: Patterns of Discovery
By H. Peter Alesso and Craig F. Smith (January 2008, $58.50, 224 pp.)

This book analyzes the recent history of information technology and delivers the big picture on the information age’s innovations. Connections challenges the reader to think of the consequences of extrapolating trends, and it explores the goal of reaching ubiquitous intelligence, whereby everyone is connected to devices with access to artificial intelligence.

 

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Jeff Hecht: Zeroing In on Lasers

When IEEE Member Jeff Hecht was in high school, he spent his free time reading books about optics, astronomy, and electronics. His love of these books led to a career as a science and technology writer. But it wasn’t until he started working at Laser Focus magazine in 1974 that he found his favorite field to cover.

Writing about lasers “was immeasurably more fun than my previous job of writing computer manuals,” Hecht says. He became so fascinated by the technology that in 1988 he wrote Understanding Lasers: An Entry-Level Guide. He came out with a second edition in 1993, and 15 years later he is releasing yet another version “to catch up on the tremendous advances in solid-state and—particularly—in semiconductor lasers,” he says. The latest edition comes out next month and follows the style of the others by explaining lasers in a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand manner.

“I want to make the field accessible to people who might otherwise be frustrated by books that either oversimplify lasers or make the field seem much harder than it really is,” Hecht says. “My goal is to give an intuitive understanding of how lasers work…rather than a detailed theoretical description.”

LASERS ARE NO JOKE The book starts out with a bit of history that shows just how far the technology has come. “Irnee D’Haenens, who assisted Ted Maiman in making the first laser in 1960, joked that the laser was a ‘solution looking for a problem,’” Hecht says. “Even in the 1970s, the public thought of lasers as death rays. But today lasers are all around us: they’re used to play CDs and DVDs and to carry signals on the Internet and the telephone network, and they are even used in performing surgery.”

Understanding Lasers covers basic principles, applications, and the latest research—some of which Hecht says he finds especially intriguing. “With lasers and optics, there are so many possibilities—from studying individual atoms to detecting faint light from distant galaxies,” he says. “It’s been a fun ride seeing the field advance through the years, and there’s lots more left to explore.”

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