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Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics Hardcover – August 8, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0471871309 ISBN-10: 0471871303 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 817 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2nd edition (August 8, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471871303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471871309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,754,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book may have some perplexing early chapters on basic electricity and magnetism, but no more so than any other intermediate-level physics or engineering text on E&M. That's the nature of the beast - it's a highly mathematical subject. If you want a "cookbook" for the practicing radar/antenna/comm. technician who never wanted/had to learn the theory, look elsewhere. Where this text really shines is not in the "Fields and Waves", but in the "in Communication Electronics." I have not seen a clearer presentation of transmission lines, period, and I own a number of other popular (and widely-taught and cited) E&M books at this level, as well as a rather muddy book on the specific subject of transmission lines. You will not find another similar book with this thorough coverage of real-life applications, simultaneously general enough that it's useful in a broad range of specialty fields. The figures are in general both very clear and very useful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JLC on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I refer to and review this book often. It has been updated and has the essential topics such as transmission lines, which is well covered. It also has interesting things like holography and optical image processing in the back, and is rather self contained. Like all great textbooks, you have to read it carefully and work out problems to build understanding. Ramo was the R in TRW as my former emag professor would say...For people who criticize this book, have you read the competition (Cheng)? For a slightly easier approach try Magid's "Electromagnetic Fields, Energy, and Waves". I think Jordan's "Emag Waves and Radiating Systems" is excellent w/regards to HF antennas and maxwell's equations, but it is very old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EE grad student on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being a doctoral student in electrical engineering and having a B.S. in physics, I would say this is definitly a graduate level text. The reader must have a strong background in math, being able use formulas such as Legendre polynomials and vector cal with full understanding. It helps to have been exposed to this material. If you are looking for a book with more broken down explainations and examples, I would suggest Intro to Electrodynamics by David Griffiths.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Haas on May 4, 2009
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I used this book for a couple of my graduate level E&M classes. This book seems to be a good foundation for learning the theoretical in's and out's of E&M. That being said, it is great for graduate students and professors but not so great for real engineers.

Now that I am a Systems (RF) Engineer, I have not found this book all that useful as a reference, simply because I have to go through tons of math just to get the answer I need. It is definitely not a "quick reference" book for the practicing engineer, but rather a in depth mathematical look into E&M theory.
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By engineer on July 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Makes an otherwise complex subject seem simple by the way it is presented.I found it to be an exceptionally well written text, and would encourage anyone who is interested in the subject to buy it. A great book!
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By Marissa on April 29, 2011
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This is a good book for someone who already has taken some physics and electronics course. The examples are great and explained well. Still it is a complicated subject matter.
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