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Worst textbook ever written. Period.
on November 7, 2006
I'm not sure who is supposed to benefit from the use of this textbook. I am a 4.0 student at a leading university. I bust my butt and work hard to understand material and ask questions of professors, research on the web, and spend as many hours outside class as needed in order to understand the material introduced by the textbooks used in my courses.
This book is, without a doubt, the least helpful, most error-ridden, topic brushing, irrelevent-example-giving, important-step-skipping book I have EVER had the misfortune to use. If you have a professor who uses this book for their course, DON'T TAKE THAT CLASS. Find another school or professor or major. Really.
Over the course of this past semester, for every hour I've spent reading this textbook I estimate that I've had to spend three hours researching the web or referencing other EE books. I am NOT KIDDING. From the simplest, most basic concepts (KCL, KVL and how to set up node and mesh equations using the "passive element" convention) to the most modest 2nd order circuits (frequency response of an RLC bandpass circuit), this book cannot seem to explain ANYTHING clearly, completely, and without glossing over concepts that may be *gasp* NEW to students whose major is NOT EE! There isn't a single topic covered by this book that I haven't had to do further research on in order to fully grasp. Unbelievable.
If this review seems to be negative or overly critical, that's exactly how it's intended. Maybe others can get a sense of the frustration they'll experience while trying to learn from this book. With any luck, they'll be able to avoid the book, the frustration, and the (literally) dozens of nonproductive hours of ancillary research required because the author of seems to be so out of touch with the needs of his intended audience.