Comprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering 2nd Edition by Philip A. Laplante.
Preface to the Second Edition:
Since the publication of the first edition of this dictionary more than 5 years ago, many changes in technology have occurred, particularly in the rapidly changing fields of image processing, computer electronics, fuel cells, and nanotechnology. I must say, however, that preparing the second edition of to prepare because, fortunately, I had a set of handy resources that included terms related to these technological changes. That is, I was able to incorporate new terms from the many new CRC handbooks published within the last 2 years including, the Fuel Cell Technology Handbook, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Design Fundamentals, The Computer Engineering Handbook, Digital Color Imaging Handbook, Handbook of Nanoscience Engineering and Technology, The RF and Microwave Handbook, The Power Electronics Handbook, Biomedical Photonics Handbook, and The Mechatronics Handbook. I was also able to incorporate new terms and corrections suggested by readers of the first edition (for which I heartily thank those readers), as well as additions and corrections that are invariably needed after even the fifth read-through. In total, more than 1500 terms were added, updated, expanded, improved, or corrected, resulting in a dictionary with over 11,000 terms and abbreviations related to electrical engineering. However, if readers discover any errors or think that any important terms have been omitted, please inform me at email@example.com with your proposed changes. I will be happy to consider those changes for future printings and editions.
In keeping within the scope established with the first edition, most terms pertaining to computer science, information technology, and software engineering that are not directly linked to the underlying hardware were omitted. For these, please refer to Comprehensive Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology (CRC Press).
Once again I want to thank Nora Konopka and the fine editorial and production staff at Taylor & Francis, especially Helena Redshaw and Amy Rodriguez, for helping to bring this second edition into being. These folks have always been a pleasure to work with. Finally, I want to thank my family for their patience and support as I worked countless hours on this project, which most certainly would never have been completed without their blessing. Therefore, this dictionary is dedicated to Nancy, Christopher, and Charlotte.
Phillip A. Laplante, P.E., Ph.D.
Preface to the First Edition:
One can only appreciate the magnitude of effort required to develop a dictionary by actually experiencing it. Although I had written nine other books, I certainly did not know what I was getting into when in January of 1996 I agreed to serve as Editor-in-Chief for this project. Now, after 2.5 years I understand.
Unlike other books that I have written, creating this dictionary was more a test of will and stamina and an exercise in project management than mere writing. And although I have managed organizations of up to 80 academics, nothing is more like “herding cats” than motivating an international collection of more than 100 distinguished engineers, scientists, and educators scattered around the globe almost entirely via email. Yet, I think there is no other way to undertake a project like this. I still marvel at how Noah Webster must have managed to construct his English Dictionary without the benefits of modern communication.
But this project, as much as it is a monument to individual will, is really the collaborative work of many brilliant and dedicated men and women. This is their dictionary and your dictionary.
Phillip A. Laplante, P.E., Ph.D.
⏩Edition: 2nd edition
⏩Editor: Philip A. Laplante
⏩Puplisher: CRC Press
⏩Puplication Date: April 12, 2005
⏩Size: 8.30 MB
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