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- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
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Introduction to Telecommunications (2002) - 1st Edition Hardcover – 2002
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The author did a poor job at editing or checking the technical sources; especially since this is a 2nd edition 5 years after the 1st edition in 2002. Minor typos are quite frequently encountered (calling RFC as REF). The occasional serious ones (like defining UBR as unavailable bit rate instead of unspecified bit rate; specifying the FM band in kHz instead of MHz).
The illustrations are especially bad - like the large number of illustrated signal curves that slant backwards in time; the illustrator used by Prentice-Hall apparently has no scientific background or training and the author did not bother to check the drawings.
Other peculiar narratives include comparing IP protocol to Julia Roberts - apparently to cater to the college crowd. Certain parts are outdated, such as calling the future of ATM as promising in this 2007 edition when the entire telecom industry (both U.S. and the rest of world) is moving to either MPLS or ethernet transport for both the access and core networks.
This could have been a promising book but unfortunately it was completed in a rush. What a pity!
Errors I have found include:
1. graphs of time dependent functions do not loop back on themselves.
2. sound waves are not part of the electromagnetic spectrum
3. The sidebar on Morse code symbols is incorrect.
4. Geosynchronous satellites orbit at 22,300 miles not feet.
5. LEO stands for Low Earth Orbit not low orbiting earth.
6. There may be more.
But yeah the book its self seemed to have good information and all but nothing you couldn't find on google in like 3 seconds. So if your not buying this for college I wouldn't recommend it.