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Hot Air Rises and Heat Sinks: Everything You Know About Cooling Electronics Is Wrong
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More About the Author
Growing up in Buffalo, New York, and later, Detroit, provided me tons of Jean Shepherd-type material to work with, even though I was deprived of his Depression-era advantage. As I was graduating from the University of Detroit, ready to become a cartoonist, the next great American novelist, or perhaps a newspaper editor, AT&T offered to pay me to go to graduate school in California to become an engineer. So I ended up as Dilbert instead of Scott Adams, engineering my life away in a cubicle. Eventually I specialized in the obscure field of cooling electronics (basic secret: if it gets hot, point a fan at it).
Although I had sold out for mere monetary security and technical challenges, I never stopped writing stories. At work I circulated a simple newsletter about cooling electronics. In it, my fictional character Herbie kept making cooling mistakes, and I had to keep fixing them. The newsletter was well received, so I cranked them out regularly to a growing audience. In response to popular demand, I collected the stories into a couple of books that were published by ASME Press: "Hot Air Rises and Heat Sinks," and "More Hot Air." They have been praised as being "the funniest books ever written on keeping electronics from overheating." Honest. Humorous technical books. That should tell you something.
My latest book, a fun novel based on the mostly imagined memory of people I grew up with in Detroit, sprang out of a simple idea. What would happen if you went to a town and everybody you met there was insane? How would you know you weren't the crazy one? Doesn't it seem that way when you visit the town where you grew up? I sat down at the old Remington with just that one idea, and as I started to type, the characters appeared and started to play out the story. All I did was watch them and write it down. OK, maybe that makes it seem like I'm the crazy one. Does it seem crazy to title a book "The Loose Meat Sandwich King of Hamtramck"? I think it's better than the original working title, "A Dead Guy Stole Your Identity." And it has hardly any cooling of electronics.
I am a great admirer of the action books of Elmore Leonard (a fellow Detroiter), but my storytelling tends to lie somewhere between the colorful nostalgia of Leif Enger's "Peace Like a River" and the goofiness of Dave Barry. I'm not in the same league with these writing giants, I'm just giving you some familiar literary signposts for the neighborhood I'm writing in.
I have lived my adult life (when did I become an adult?) in the Chicago area, where I continue cooling electronics and writing amusing stories. And I still struggle to outdo my best opening line ever, which my wife discovered in a pile of papers in the basement. In the eighth grade I scribbled down a short story that starts:
"I was sleeping as peacefully as could be expected ... for a spy."
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to anyone brave enough to attemp thermal qualification of any type of electronic system, and many "real life" lessons are to be learned. A must in your collection of "got to have" titles !!!
Kordyban teaches heat transfer with practical examples, geared specifically towards electronics cooling. He debunks many myths and misconceptions along the way. The book really is entertaining, too. I laughed out loud. I wish more technical books were as enjoyable to read!
The only addition I would have liked would have been a discussion of horizontally mounted PCB's and how heat transfers from these boards.
A great read.
Dr. Behnam Entezam
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Outstanding. Explains complicated things in simple steps, easy to read story style with lots of jokes.Published 5 months ago by T R Schofield
I've performed thermal analysis over the years for a number of projects at work, and when searching for topics on thermal design and analysis I always ran across Mr. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by D. Landers
Electronics fail because of heat, but few EE's are taught heat transfer in college.
This is a simple (for EE's) introduction to the subject which will give you an idea why the... Read more
Mr. Kordyban does a great job explaining how misunderstood those thermal engineers are! There are very good examples of what to do and what not to do when it comes to cooling your... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Dude Bear
Tony Kodyban is a hoot and a half. He is extremely knowledgeable in the thermal problems associated with electronics, but his real gift is making it fun to learn about it. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Harley
The author, in a relaxed style that is often "laugh-out loud" funny, illustrates many of the misconceptions and mistakes, pertaining to cooling electronic equipment. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Robert N. Guenther Jr.
Using simple, conceptual metaphors for how heat radiates, dissipates and conducts through materials, Tony explains the process using humor and as little math as necessary. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by Douglas Tao
The whole "story-telling" theme wastes a lot of space that could have been filled with useful information. Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by klutch