Wiley Electrical and Electronics Engineering Dictionary / Edition 1

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Electrical engineering is one of the largest professional disiplines in the world and as such has collected an enormous amount of unique terminology and jargon. This dictionary is the essential source of definitions of electrical engineering terms and acronyms used in todays electrical and electronics literature. It is meant to save time, to present the desired information in the place it is first looked up, and in a manner that allows the content to be more readily assimilated.

Key features include:

  • Contains over 35,000 detailed terms.
  • Sponsored by the Institite of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional organization and the creator of electrical engineering standards.
  • Designed so that no cross referencing is required in order to achieve full understanding of terms.
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Steven M. Kaplan's Wiley Electrical and Electronics Engineering Dictionary is a first-rate compilation of engineering terms and their meanings. The definitions are straightforward and easy to grasp. This is an outstanding reference book for electrical engineers, students, and others who have a need to be precise in their use of engineering terminology in the field of electronics.

With over 35,000 terms to its credit, this book is packed with information that you can have at your fingertips in moments. Each of the terms occupies a place in one or more of the many areas of expertise encompassed by electrical and electronics engineering. And, there are no special rules for the use of this dictionary. The author has opted not to use cross-referencing in this book. Thus, you'll find the information you need where you expect it to be; and, you'll find it very quickly. There is no page flipping required to get to the desired term to find its definition, plus other practical information when appropriate. When a word or phrase is the same as another, it is clearly stated, so you can easily find the definition. John R. Vacca

John R. Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written nearly 40 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

From the Publisher
"...this dictionary will prove useful to both the student and the working engineer...every entry was exhaustively researched using a variety of resources." (Electronic Design Online, June 14, 2005)

"…this is an excellent, well-done dictionary that should be in any science and technology collection." (American Reference Books Annual, 2005)

“…readable and concise…a useful basic reference text…” (Reference Reviews, Vol.18, No.6, September 2004)

"By using traditional print sources and Internet sources the compiler has created a comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary…should be very useful for engineers, researchers, and students in these and related fields." (E-STREAMS, July 2004)

"Kaplan's book, sponsored by IEEE, will be an asset to any university library that supports electrical and electronics engineering curriculum, or to any professional engineering library.” (Choice, July 2004)

“...defines over 35,000 terms and includes electronics as well as electrical engineering...also includes three appendixes...that are detailed cross references...suitable for public and academic libraries...” (Library Journal, April 1, 2004)

“...a valuable reference, containing more than 35,000 definitions from the often arcane and ever-expanding technical terminology used throughout electrical/electronics engineering.” (Electrical Apparatus, March 2004)

Library Journal
This addition to the growing list of publications from Wiley's IEEE Press imprint does not replace IEEE 100: The Authoritative Dictionary of IEEE Standards Terms, and librarians should be aware of the potential for confusion. Lexicographer Kaplan here offers his fifth dictionary for Wiley, having previously compiled English/Spanish business and science dictionaries. His text is broader than CRC's recently published Comprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering. While the CRC text defines about 10,000 terms, Kaplan's defines over 35,000 and includes electronics as well as electrical engineering. It also includes three appendixes: Greek letters, symbols, and numbers (which includes IEEE standards numbers). Unfortunately, the numbers and text are not linked. For example, WLAN 802.11 is the common name for the IEEE wireless standards series. "WLAN" is defined in the main text and "802.11" is listed in the numbers appendix, but they are not cross-referenced. Within the text, there are detailed cross references, e.g., "Brinnell test" is noted as being the same as the "Brinnell hardness test." The dictionary is enhanced by the inclusion of computer component abbreviations like "SODIMM" (small outline dual inline memory module), which are often difficult to find. The text is fairly up-to-date, including concepts like "bioelectronics" and "Bluetooth," as well as computing slang such as "Smurf attack"-a type of denial-of-service hacking. However, it lags behind in some new wireless concepts. For instance, the "hot spot" definition does not include wi-fi usage-a site with public wireless broadband access. Suitable for public and academic libraries but perhaps not technical enough for engineering firms.-Sara Tompson, Packer Engineering Lib., Naperville, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471402244
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 896
  • Sales rank: 513,340
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN M. KAPLAN is a lexicographer with a number of works to his credit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    I love it!

    It is has everything I need and is really easy to use. It is interesting to note that there is no volume 1 or volume 2 or anything. It is a complete dictionary, A to Z in a single volume, so I do not understand why it is listed as Vol. 1. In any case, it gets the job done for me! Highly recommended!

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