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Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics 2nd Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0471871309
ISBN-10: 0471871303
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Product Details

  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I must repeat my review of this textbook here, as I previously posted it on Amazon UK.

It is incomprehensible to me how anyone can rate this book favorably. Using this as my course textbook has been a hinderance to my course in the field, not an aid, which is exasperating. I do not recall when I last had a textbook that was such a frustration as this.

This book is, as a whole, poorly suited for students taking whole courses. It should solely be used in a piece-wise manner or a handbook for those already familiar with the field. If you, as a teacher, require your students to obtain this brick for your course, then you are as an educator morally obliged to provide a thorough study guide for it on the side, replete with the necessary formulae and brief context of concepts required for coursework and grading, which leads me to the main criticism:

The core formulaic material for the breath of the subject matter is spread around the book in a confusing manner, requiring you to have a precise recollection (or lots of index panes!) of where they are to be found for when solving problems and doing coursework. When you do more complex problems, you constantly need to leaf back and forth for reference between necessary parts, for each individual part of a problem. Writing your own comprehensive inventory of formulae is only of some help, since the equations obviously don't stand on their own.

The illustrations and diagrams are often confusing, especially those that add a depth dimension whereas it mostly causes confusion.
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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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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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