Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471871309
ISBN-10: 0471871303
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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 (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,875,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 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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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cerritos reader on December 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent, understandable and complete foundations for E&M for engineers. Yes, like all intermediate EM texts, it has to deal with the stumbling block of going beyond the elementary math functions everyone knows, but it teaches div and curl, etc. It was once the standard for EM for engineers, justifiably. At one time, the best-selling technical textbook worldwide. It still should be the standard engineering EM book, with its nice explanations of so many fundamental topics. If an EM book doesn't cover the material as well as Ramo et al., why aren't they using Ramo instead? OK, it costs as much as comparable texts, so I would consider cheaper alternatives, but not texts which cost more. But at least check it out at the library because it's pretty good, and other books seldom cover as much.
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I started reading this book as it is one of the required textbooks for my graduate course on applied electromagnetics. I find it very dry to read and considerably hard, you really need to have all the proper academic foundations very well stablished, I keep reading back and forth between this book and Griffith's book to get a better grasp of things, Griffith's book is an undergraduate level book but its so easy to understand, and everytime I go back to Ramo's book I feel like someone poured a bucket of cold water over my head, even the simplest examples seem more complicated, for example his approach on simplest things like calculating the electric field inside a cylindrical conductor: instead of choosing a cylindrical gaussian surface to calculate such electric field, he will use a rectangular surface, the end results are the same, but the analysis becomes harder, it just seems to be overly complicated for no apparent reason.That being said, the material included in the book is fascinating, many examples are based on real engineering applications such as semiconductor devices, etc..

Personally I loved Chapter 4 which is called "The electromagnetics of circuits" which fills the gap between electric circuit theory and electromagnetic theory, the author starts by analyzing a circuit based on traditional lumped circuit theory and then analyzes it by 'converting' circuit anlysis techniques using EM theory. To me electric circuit theory and EM always felt like separate things, I mean of course I knew they were related but never really saw a circuit fully analyzed from the EM point of view and to have it translated to the traditional circuit analysis techniques we all know and use was truly mind blowing.
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