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…the author shows how semiconductors and networks require a good understanding of physics ‘by discovery’ … . Following a story that requires only high-school mathematics, the reader is transported from mechanics to thermodynamics, wave propagation, quantum mechanics and even to basic electronic engineering concepts … . Each chapter includes exercises and formal references as well as suggested readings and a provocative section on the social impacts of technology.
—Optics & Photonics News (OPN), January 2011
Change the title of this excellent text to ‘Physics for the Internet Age: The Silicon Web’ as soon as possible to attract teachers of all introductory physics courses to look into this text for adoption with its many hints as a PER [Physics Education Research]-influenced text.
—Professor John L. Hubisz, North Carolina State University, The Physics Teacher, November 2010
… a text perfect in itself and perfect for its time … . ideal for an undergraduate course required of all physical science, engineering, computer science, and mathematics majors.
[A] stunningly rich story about the Internet and its associated technologies … . The Silicon Web is an elegant and elaborate textbook, one that examines the science underlying the current revolution in communications technology. Each scientific concept arises on a need-to-know basis in the context of a particular … issue or device. All the important physics is here, but presented in an engaging way, with modern examples.
—From the Foreword by Louis A. Bloomfield, author of How Things Work