Book Reviews

Book Reviews

An Introduction to Contact Resistance

As transistors become smaller and smaller, device performance is dominated by parasitics, especially contact resistance. In the last decade, FinFETs lead semiconductor technology. Its 3D structure brings unique opportunities for engineering the contact. This book introduces transistor electronics, contact physics, test structures, and measurements of contact resistance. In technology, process material and integration for resistance reduction are discussed. This book can serve as a reference for semiconductor professionals and students in electrical engineering and material science.

Differences in the City: Postmetropolitan Heterotopias as Liberal Utopian Dreams

An essential book in order to understand the return of a concept (“heterotopia”) that never left."
Luis Arenas
Former President of the Academic Society of Philosophy (Sociedad Académica de Filosofía)

This indispensable book carefully assesses the emancipatory potential of the polysemic Foucaldian term of “heterotopia” when used to analyse and evaluate various geopolitical and ideological urban contexts, besides and beyond Western-centered “topoi”. Timely and deeply original, the book will prove fundamental both for architects and urban planners on one hand, and social scientists on the other hand - anyone interested in understanding metropolitan processes of social resistance and minority empowerment."
Magali Bessone
Institute of Legal and Philosophical Sciences (Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique)
University of Paris 1- Panthéon-Sorbonne

“Aggressive, militant, controversial, incorrect... An appealing book that does not walk around the beaten tracks. An excellent collective work that wakes you up from neoliberal urban dreams."
Ignacio Borrego
Institute of Architecture (Institut für Architektur)
University of Technology
Berlin, Germany

Frontiers in Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is an ever-increasing field of interest both from a conceptual and applied standpoint. In fact, apart from its importance in helping to understand the quantum mechanical behavior of several physical systems (including condensed matter, living systems, elementary particles, astrophysical structures and so on) as well as the physical foundation of information itself at the most elementary level, quantum computing is related to the possibility in designing and realizing an actual quantum computer that could be enormously faster than its classical counterpart. This book covers some of the most interesting, advanced and promising features of quantum computing related to different frontier fields, even unconventional, such as the possibility to realize a quantum superfast “hypercomputing” system using water molecules as physical substrate; the connection between quantum computers and quantum gravity; the development of an “instantaneous quantum computer algorithm”; the realization of a universal quantum computer, as well as of a brain-like quantum supercomputer and many others fascinating topics.

Some Problems in the Theory of Engineering Systems (Geometric Approaches)

"Unconventional approach to the solution of the Inverse Problem of Kinematics – a classical problem of Mechanics which leads to the development of new approach to the Terminal Control of mechanical objects movement. The present method has both theoretical and practical value. The novelty of the research consists in the use of spinor geometry's mathematical apparatus. The latter gave an efficient and simple solution of Inverse Problem of Kinematics, which should be useful in practical problems of robotics." - Tamaz Natriashvili, Professor, Doctor of Sciences, Principal of R. Dvali Research Institute of Machine Mechanics

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Vehicular Networks: Applications, Performance Analysis and Challenges

“This book provides an updated overview of a wide range of issues, trends and challenges of vehicular networks, written by internationally leading researchers in the fields.  It is definitely a valuable reference book for researchers and professionals who are interested in the technical areas.”
- Professor Kin K. Leung, Tanaka Chair Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

“A detailed and comprehensive introduction to the applications and challenges of vehicular networks. This book can serve as an instrumental reference for the general V2X and connected vehicle community.”
- Professor Victor C.M. Leung, Distinguished Professor, College of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Shenzhen University

“The coverage of this book is all-encompassing, from protocol designs, vehicular positioning, computing platforms, to security. A must read for anyone who wants to be in the know about the latest and upcoming landscape of vehicular networking. A timely book for researchers, students, and practitioners alike!”
- Professor Soung C. Liew, Professor, Department of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Fundamentals of Fuel Injection and Emission in Two-Stroke Engines

“Fundamentals of Fuel Injection and Emission in Two-Stroke Engines is a very timely contribution to the world-wide research and development of new generation of two-stroke engines, particularly those for vehicle use. Progress in direct fuel injection technologies make it increasingly possible to offer the simplicity and high intensity power of two-stroke engine while avoiding the penalty of high emissions and fuel consumption. Advanced studies and simulations of charge and spray motion and of combustion are extremely useful for further developments, also in direct injection four-stroke engines. Author’s own expertise and experience in experimental studies and modelling of two-stroke processes give the book an additional level of usefulness to all levels of readers – from students to high-level designers.” - Miroslaw L Wyszynski, MEng, PhD, MIDGTE, MSAE, MSIMP, Professor of Thermodynamics, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

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Creating Systemic Innovation: A Process-Oriented Systems Research

“The concept of system has effected a deep change in the way we deal with the problems due to our world’s complexity. We have to be alert, however. The concept has to be adapted to new circumstances: Jae Eon Yu presents a powerful new approach, i.e. process-oriented systems research. His focus on the process of civilization provides an intriguing and applicable combination of the best systematic insights from different cultures.” - Gerard de Zeeuw, Professor Emeritus, Founder of International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), The University of Lincoln, UK

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