Books of Interest: June 2009

Here is a selection of new books from Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press and Wiley-IEEE Press

8 June 2009

Here is a selection of new books from Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press and Wiley-IEEE Press. You can purchase any of these titles on the Wiley Web site using promo code INST9 to save 15 percent.

Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press

softwareManaging and Leading Software Projects
By Richard E. “Dick” Fairley
(February 2009, US $89.95, 492 pp.)

Explains the methods, tools, and techniques for understanding the basic principles of software project management, which include planning and estimating, measuring and controlling, leading and communicating, and managing risk. The book covers software development methods from the traditional (hacking and coding requirements) to the iterative (incremental build, evolutionary, and agile). It also emphasizes how to tailor the development process to specific projects.



grierToo Soon to Tell: Essays for the End of the Computer Revolution
By David A. Grier
(February 2009, $29.99, 238 pp.)

This revised and expanded collection of Grier’s popular monthly “In Our Time” column for Computer magazine includes 43 personal essays, 20 of which are new. Grier draws upon the experiences of everyday people, their companies, and their interactions to reveal how computers moved from the drawing table and into offices and homes. The result is a starkly human portrait of the computer era.



tcpTCP/IP Architecture, Design, and Implementation in Linux
By Sameer Seth and M. Ajaykumar Venkatesulu
(December 2008, $99.95, 772 pp.)

This book covers different aspects of socket programming and major TCP/IP-related algorithms, from simple client-server programs to complex design and implementation in Linux. The authors use graphics to give readers a better understanding of the topics.



Wiley-IEEE Press

dawnDawn of the Electronic Age: Electrical Technologies in the Shaping of the Modern World, 1914 to 1945
By Frederik Nebeker
(April 2009, $54.95, 536 pp.)

Because of its many applications in communications, entertainment, science, medicine, and the military, the electronics industry has become a major part of the economy. This book explores how electrical technologies developed around the world in various scientific, economic, and social contexts.



powerPower Distribution System Reliability: Practical Methods and Applications
By Ali A. Chowdhury and Don O. Koval
(April 2009, $125, 531 pp.)

This title covers the fundamentals of reliability analysis as they apply to the planning and design of utility, industrial, and commercial electric power distribution systems. It deals with concepts of reliability analysis using probability methods, fundamentals of evaluating power system reliability, and economic evaluation. Sample utility and industrial power system design problems are presented and worked out.



Security of Information and Communication Networks
By Stamatios V. Kartalopoulos
(March 2009, $99.95, 334 pp.)

Information and communications security is a hot topic in both private industry and government agencies. Kartalopoulos explains in a manner that doesn’t require a strong math background how to secure information and transport it over a secure network. The book stresses why information security is important and how it applies to networks.



fuelModeling and Control of Fuel Cells: Distributed Generation Applications
M. Hashem Nehrir and Caisheng Wang
(March 2009, $99.95, 296 pp.)

Fuel cell technology is growing rapidly in applications ranging from small-scale portable electronics to large-scale power generation. Modeling and Control of Fuel Cells covers dynamic modeling and response prediction needed to evaluate cell response and to design controllers to adapt the cells to particular applications.



savuReal-Time Stability Assessment in Modern Power System Control Centers
By Savu C. Savulescu
(February 2009, $110, 425 pp.)

A practical guide that explains how to assess power stability in real time. For readers who are unfamiliar with the underlying theory, appendices describing key algorithms and theoretical issues are included.



Frederik Nebeker: Shedding Light on the History of Electronics

The industrial revolution, the harnessing of electrical power, and the invention of the computer are all major turning points thoroughly documented in history books. But one area that has received little attention is the field of electronic technologies, according to Frederik Nebeker, senior research historian for the IEEE History Center. That’s why Nebeker wrote Dawn of the Electronic Age: Electrical Technologies in the Shaping of the Modern World, 1914 to 1945.

“I believe everyone should know about how the remarkable field of electronics arose and how it transformed society,” he says. His book covers the history of electrical and electronic technologies from the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II. It’s an account of how new technologies developed, in various contexts, and how their adoption influenced society.

“One example,” he says, “is the photocell, a type of electron tube that generates a current when it’s exposed to light. The photocell was a vital part of the sound-on-film method of making talking pictures, and it was this application that led to the photocell’s mass production.” Another example is radar, which was developed as a means of detecting flying aircraft. “Once the technology was developed, dozens of other applications followed, both military and civilian,” he points out. “Radar was used in miniature form in the proximity fuse to detonate antiaircraft shells, and it was used for ship navigation.”

Written in a conversational tone, the book is aimed at the general public as well as practicing engineers. Topics include applications of electric power, radio broadcasting, information-processing techniques, movies, and military technologies.

“Electronics,” Nebeker says, “was a totally new kind of engineering.”

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