Beyond the fact that the material itself is as enjoyable as stale bread to begin with, this book makes matters far, far worse. It's littered with misprints (Wonder why that formula isn't working? Maybe it's because what was supposed to be divided by 2 was instead marked as being to the half *power*, which ain't quite the same thing). Vast parts of the calculations are skipped over with a wave of the hand and examples are nearly nonexistent. There's a reason that a text on such an involved subject is so physically small: There's very little actual meat here. If you're unfortunate enough to be saddled with this piece of junk, the solution manual for the 3rd edition will work for you, although the problem numbers will be different.