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The Science of Radio explains the working and charts the development of the ordinary AM radio receiver, which has become an integral part of our lives in the 80 years since its invention. As well as showing the reader the growth of technology in this century, the story of AM radio can provide a unique insight into the basics of electrical engineering, making the primary concepts and applications visual and comprehensible. Taking a "top down" approach to the subject, Nahin starts with a broad overview of radio as a sociological and technological phenomenon, then describes specific advances in research that made radio possible, moving through deeper levels of technical detail as the story progresses. Readers will see how various concepts and theories are combined to achieve specific practical results. And the book's "just in time" method of introducing mathematical and physical theory only as needed to understand a topic, helps readers gain a firm grasp of often elusive material. By focusing specifically on the workings of AM radio, The Science of Radio offers both a fascinating history of radio as an information and entertainment medium and a practical, applications-oriented introduction to electrical engineering. This second edition, written the same witty and accessible style as the first, also includes illustrative examples based on the popular MATLAB and Electronics Workbench programs now commonly used in engineering courses, as well as new technical material on differential amplifiers, more end-of-chapters problems, and additional historical discussion.FROM THE REVIEWS: ELECTRONIC DESIGN NEWS "Even though this 296-page textbook targets sophomore EE students, it has a place in the libraries of experienced Electrical Engineers. It does a good job not only of teaching the underlying theory of radio, but also of entertaining readers." CHOICE MAGAZINE "Intended as a companion for students familiar with college physics and calculus and studying electrical engineering using AM radio theory, Nahin's work takes a unique teaching approach. The 21 chapters are divided into four sections, sprinkled with humorous cartoons to pique reader interest...The work contains many fascinating ideas...Upper-division undergraduate; faculty; professional." THE PHYSICS TEACHER "The book is unorthodox in many ways, from its presentation of the sophisticated mathematics of radio within the general chronology of the discovery and advance of radio art and technology to the inclusion of problems at the end of the appendices (I'm not certain I've ever seen that before!)...He never talks down to the reader (an elegant vocabulary is used) and seldom will a reader be bored. The notes and problems at the end of each chapter are very helpful. There are many quotable passages...In the final analysis, the book is definitely worth owning...It is an extremely well written - but unusual - book that I highly recommend for all physicists."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563963476
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

What's New in the Second Edition
A Note to Professors
Sect. I Mostly History and a Little Math 1
1 Solution to an Old Problem 3
2 Preradio History of Radio Waves 13
3 Antennas as Launchers and Interceptors of Electromagnetic Waves 26
4 Early Radio 37
5 Receiving Spark Transmitter Signals 53
6 Mathematics of AM Sidebands 66
7 First Continuous Waves and the Heterodyne Concept 75
8 Birth of Electronics 102
Sect. II Mostly Math and a Little History 119
9 Fourier Series and Their Physical Meaning 121
10 Convergence in Energy of the Fourier Series 136
11 Radio Spectrum of a Spark-Gap Transmitter 156
12 Fourier's Integral Theorem and the Continuous Spectrum 168
13 Physical Meaning of the Fourier Transform 179
14 Impulse "Functions" in Time and Frequency 187
15 Convolution Theorems, Frequency Shifts, and Causal Time Signals 212
Sect. III Nonlinear Circuits for Multiplication 233
16 Multiplying by Squaring and Filtering 235
17 Squaring and Multiplying with Matched Nonlinearities 241
18 Multiplying by "Sampling and Filtering" 244
Sect. IV Mathematics of "Unmultiplying" 251
19 Synchronous Demodulation and its Problems 253
20 Analytic Signals and Single-Sideband Radio 261
21 Denouement 278
22 Epilogue 294
App. A Complex Exponentials 315
App. B What Is (and Is Not) a Linear Time-Invariant System (Superposition) 328
App. C Two-Terminal Components, Kirchhoff's Circuit Laws, Magnetic Coupling, Complex Impedances, ac Amplitude and Phase Responses, Power, Energy, and Initial Conditions 334
App. D Thevenin's and Norton's Theorems 368
App. E Resonance in Electrical Circuits 377
App. F Differential and Operational Amplifiers 390
App. G Reversing the Order of Integration on Double Integral, and Differentiating an Integral 406
App. H The Fourier Integral Theorem (How Mathematicians Do It) 429
App. I The Hilbert Integral Transform 436
App. J Table of Fourier Transform Pairs and Theorems 450
Last Words 452
Name Index 455
Subject Index 461
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    A truly exceptional book.

    I have read this book cover to cover and it is simply outstanding. If you have an understanding of first year calculus, don't know anything about radio, and want to learn then this book is for you. This book does much much more than just explain, e.g., how AM and Single-Sideband radio works; this book is also the best first introduction to Fourier series and transforms, the Hilbert transformation, and the sampling theorem that I have read (and I have read several books on the subject). If you have never heard of these 'buzz words,' you will be very hard pressed to find a better introduction to them. The book is worth more than its cover price for just chapters 9 through 18. Paul's 'just in time approach' for introducing the math only when needed to supplement his historical story of Radio makes for very interesting reading throughout. One never feels bogged down with theory; the historical perspective, and sometimes amusing stories, complement the mathematics in such a way to prevent this. I tip my hat to Paul Nahin for writing a truly exceptional book. Nahin's 'The Science of Radio' is really only half the story. To learn about the details of actually building a radio transceiver I highly recommend 'The Electronics of Radio' by David Rutledge (who is a professor at Caltech). I suggest you read Nahin's book first and then Rutledge's.

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