McGraw-Hill Electronics Dictionary, 5/e

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9780070404342: McGraw-Hill Electronics Dictionary, 5/e

First published nearly half a century ago, the McGraw-Hill Electronics Dictionary has served generations of scientists, engineers, technicians, educators, librarians, students, manufacturers, managers, writers, hobbyists, and others seeking accurate, up-to-date and easy-to-understand definitions for the hundreds of electronics terms not found in general language dictionaries. Now, after nearly 20 years, the fifth edition of this reference is finally available. During this time, the field of electronics has undergone such dramatic progress that entire areas of study now covered did not even exist when the fourth edition was published. More than 4,000 new entries and 100 new illustrations have been added and many outdated definitions have been revised or deleted. This dictionary focuses on words and phrases specific to the field of electronics - plus such related fields as engineering, the physical sciences, materials science and computer science. It provides information on all areas of electronics, including: fundamentals; solid-state component design and fabrication; circuit board fabrication and assembly; electronics manufacturing; product and system packaging; industrial instrumentation and control; scientific and medical instrumentation; commercial data processing; telecommunications; consumer entertainment; and military and aerospace. The dictionary includes more than 15,000 cross-referenced terms, abbreviations, synonyms and acronyms, as well as 1350 illustrations all in one handy volume. Mathematics are avoided whenever simple English can be used, and even complex concepts are defined so as to be accessible to readers at all levels of expertise.

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"Well designed-would be helpful to almost anyone in an electronics field."-Avionics magazine (on the Fifth Edition). The classic reference work in electronics, updated for a new generation of readers and writers. The only dictionary that focuses on the terminology specifics to the field of electronics-including those terms taken from physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and computer science; comprehensive, accurate, and easy to understand with more than 14,000 entries-words, phrases, acronyms, and abbreviations from all sectors of electronics; completely updated and revised to reflect the unprecendented expansion of electronics into all walks of human endeavor. Over 800 new entries and more than 220 new illustrations have been added, most covering specialized electronic technologies that did not exist when the Fifth Edition of this classic reference was published. The dictionary now covers: fundamentals of electricity, electronics, and basic electronic circuits; solid-state device design and fabrication; passive component design and manufacture; circuit board fabrication and component assembly; electronic product and system packaging; computer, peripherals, and software; scientific and medical instrumentation; industrial instrumentation, controls, and robotics; telecommunications and fiber optics; radio, television, and consumer entertainment products; military/aerospace systems, including radar, sonar, and satellites; marine and automotive electronics.

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Revised after 20 years, this fifth edition contains 14,000 entries, 1,200 of them new, and 150 new illustrations. The brief definitions are written for laypersons, and care has been taken to include such phrases as binary-to-decimal conversions as well as derivations of acronyms and abbreviations. Few of the definitions include more than one meaning for a term, and mathematical equations are infrequent. The illustrations are line drawings, easy to comprehend and trace if need be. There are no added features included as appendixes.

The dictionary faces competition from a new work prepared by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The New IEEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical and Electronics Terms (1993). IEEE contains more definitions, which are keyed to current IEEE and ANSI standards. These definitions are highly technical, with math symbols and equations incorporated in lengthly definitions that are often full-blown discussions. IEEE is also well illustrated. The McGraw-Hill dictionary contains 35 definitions for words or phrases beginning with power, three of which run to 10 lines; the IEEE has more than 100, some of them covering up to three or four columns.

These two subject dictionaries complement one another. McGraw-Hill offers clear definitions for technical terms as well as terms associated with popular related disciplines such as space exploration. IEEE is intended for advanced students and experienced practitioners, the ideal companion to McGraw-Hill's Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, 12th ed. (1987). Both dictionaries are recommended for academic and large public library collections.

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