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Wiley electrical and electronics engineering dictionary
Kaplan, Steven M.
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Publication Information:
[Piscataway, NJ?] : IEEE Press ; Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Interscience, [2004]

Physical Description:
v, 885 pages ; 26 cm
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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.

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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.

Author Notes

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

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Kaplan's book (he is compiler of English-Spanish, Spanish-English Electrical and Computer Engineering Dictionary, 1996), sponsored by IEEE, will be an asset to any university library that supports an electrical and electronics engineering curriculum, or to any professional engineering library. It is significantly less expensive than other specialized IEEE dictionaries published in the past ten years. Many definitions are presented in narrative form, which greatly aids in understanding. Kaplan's technique in defining terms is to break them into their simplest components, which also makes reading easier. Kaplan claims to draw from many different sources, including other reference works, Internet sites, and manuals of practice, in selecting terms (there are more than 35,000) and writing definitions. A superb resource. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Libraries serving electrical and electronics engineering students and practicing engineers. M. T. Kochis California State University--Sacramento