Book Reviews

Aircraft Electronic Warfare from a Project Engineer

"In the modern history of nations, Electronic Warfare has changed the outcomes of battles seen and unseen. John Waters shares the seldom told insider view of Electronic Warfare and his role in the Fort Monmouth Electronic Warfare Laboratory. John's style is 'matter of fact'. It is amazing the influence his work has had on international events. The reader will gain a respect for how an engineer can change history one breakthrough device at a time." - Mr. Fredrick Carl, COO, InfoAge Museum and Science Center 

“What I liked the most was the author's constant innovation. It did not have to be a complex solution, it just had to work and get it to the warfighters. For some of the engineers at Electronic Warfare Laboratory it is a job, to a very few it is a quest, a mission, a calling that never ends. There is always one more threat, one more evil that has to be addressed. John Waters is truly one of the “Knights of the Ether” and I am honored to call him a friend." - Raymond A. Irwin, Chief Engineer, Army Electronic Warfare Laboratory

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Blockchain Technology and Applications

This scientific monograph is composed of nine chapters, with over nine contributors, which together form a comprehensive insight into the issues that are perfectly reflected in the title, Blockchain, Technology and Applications." READ MORE... - Associate Professor Bojan Grum, PhD, New University, European Law Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Fault Detection: Classification, Techniques and Role in Industrial Systems

"It is well known that the current scenarios differ from that ones we met decades ago. This is the result of prominent changes from a technological point of view that affects the maintenance field among others. One of the key factors in the Fault Detection and Diagnosis is the complexity to evaluate the type of failure and to implement suitable techniques." READ MORE... - Raúl Ruiz de la Hermosa González-Carrato, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Ciudad Real

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Scientific Research and Manufacturing: Potential India Growth Story

“This book by Professor B. M. Suri attempts to discuss what may be involved in developing countries encountering the above challenges emanating from several interlinked issues involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics higher education, R&D culture, manufacturing practices, intellectual property rights framework etc. The focus of discussion revolves around Indian ecosystem. The book aims to stimulate discussion between large number of quite diverse players in science, technology, industry, STEM education, policy making, entrepreneurs, and business schools in and outside India. The author provides an insight into the existing practices in these systems and their associated deficiencies. He also makes some pertinent suggestions to the concerned entities. The strength of this book lies in a comprehensive presentation of various interlinked issues in a simple way that can be understood by diverse players from different fields. India has also made concerted efforts all along to gain more and more technological strength, but it has a huge potential to achieve much more. It is hoped that this book would stimulate discussions to refine the ideas, generate new thoughts, and perhaps evolve novel solutions. This can be helpful in shaping up a roadmap which could lead the country to self-reliance in the international technology arena in the years to come.” - Prasad A. Naik, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore, India

“I am glad that these issues have been discussed comprehensively in the book “Scientific Research and Manufacturing: Potential India Growth Story”. The book provides for a primer on the issues which are of great relevance to India and many other developing countries. The author with his deep understanding of scientific research and development and wide exposure over 30 years, has presented all relevant issues with a way forward, in a clear, simple and effective manner. The book will be useful to the policy makers in the country, researchers in the government sector, academics and all those professionals otherwise interested in understanding the sphere of scientific, research and manufacturing activities in the country.” - Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Co-ordinator, Government of IndiaSansad Marg, New Delhi

“In this book, the author attempts to discuss what may be involved in developing countries who are encountering these challenges. Rather than treating the subject in a general way, the author has chosen to focus the discussion primarily around the Indian ecosystem as a typical test case. He has tried to describe and analyze in great detail the anatomy of scientific research, STEM higher education, Government policy structure, cultural issues, technology development and manufacturing eco-system in India. He has also described how to bring all of them to a common harness and how missing out on even one could derail the overall process of high technology-based manufacturing. This book should be of great interest to academicians, R&D fraternity and policy makers in India and the developing world, since most of the issues discussed here in the context of India have commonalities with many developing countries.” - Dr. Amitava Sen Gupta, The North Cap University, Gurgaon

“The book by Professor Brijmohan Suri brings out the requirement of an interesting paradigm shift in research and development in view of the onset of Industry Revolution 4.0, particularly in the face of disruptive technologies. Although, Professor Suri has the developing Countries in focus, (more specifically, India), many of his ideas in the book will find relevance even in developed Countries. The book has high quality inputs for research managers, scientific policy makers and education planners.” - Professor K.K. Aggarwal, Former Founder Vice Chancellor, I P University, Delhi, India; Former President, Computer Society of India; Former President, South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation

"The book is an original work on science and technology policy in India, its relation to the rest of the world and the prospect that a change in the policy may have in near future. The narrative is based on the facts which are available mostly in public domain, mixed with personal experience gained by the author from his illustrious long career in government sector R&D and dished out in simple scientific language. It is going to be a solid reference work for the science and technology policy makers in India, keeping in view India’s ambition to secure hi-tech job opportunities for its mammoth youth population. The book gives an alternative perspective to the perceived gap between science and engineering and translational research, thus creating a research eco-system in the country enabling hi-tech start-ups and spin-offs. I personally enjoyed reading the narrative as it stimulates the much required debate quite missing in present policy decision making, particularly related to Science and technology." READ MORE... - Manas Mukherjee, Principle Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Assistant Professor, Physics Department, National University of Singapore

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Can Biofuels Alleviate the Energy and Environmental Crisis?

"I have no hesitation in endorsing the publication of this book. I strongly encourage and recommend the students, academicians, scientists, regulatory, and policymakers to glean through the adaptable solutions the authors have provided for the major problems (climate change and energy crisis) the world is facing currently. READ MORE... - John HT Luong, Walton Fellow and Professor, Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council Canada

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Nanofluids: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

"This is a very interesting book that brings the reader to the up-to-date state of knowledge in a variety of areas related to nanofluids. The first chapter describes the ways of preparation, crucial to the stability of the nanofluid. Lists of commercially available nanoparticles are also given. The next two chapters deal mostly with the enhancement of heat transfer in the presence of nanoparticles in a fluid. Measurements are examined and the available correlations since Maxwell are discussed. An up-to-date discussion of viscosity is presented in Chapter 5. The next chapters give a very good insight in capillary wetting, convective heat transfer and pool boiling, areas which are very interesting today. Chapter 9 presents a description of nanofluids in droplet-based microfluidics. Optical engineering applications are discussed in the next chapter while the book ends with a chapter in progress and challenges in nanofluids research. In general, it presents a very good opportunity for the reader to get a good insight in the field of nanofluid. Readers can be researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students but as it reads easily, anybody else that wants to get a good understanding of the field." - Professor Marc J. Assael, FIChemE, CEng, CSci, DIC, Director, Laboratory of Thermophysical Properties & Environmental Processes, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University

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Ultimate Equilibrium of RC Structures Using Mini-Max Principle

"The book Ultimate Equilibrium of RC Structures Using Mini-Max Principle written by Prof. I. Iskhakov and Prof. Y. Ribakov, summarizes some experimental and theoretical results of reinforced concrete structures investigation. The authors successfully use the mini-max principle for design of spatial and plane RC structures." READ MORE... - Leonid Dvorkin, Dr. Prof., Head of Building Materials, National University of Water Management and Nature Resources Use

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IP Basics: Educator’s Manual

"This is an important resource for anyone teaching/ mentoring/ coaching want-to-be inventors or entrepreneurs ……high school students and even undergraduate and graduate students can gain so much from understanding this basic information. This is must read and must understand information that will protect the intellectual property of these budding inventors and entrepreneurs, and make them much better prepared for real life and to protect their own interests." - RADM Richard W. Schneider, Ph.D, USCGR, President, Norwich University, Northfield, VT, USA

"I recently read Neal Orkin’s e-book, IP Basics.  The content is presented in such a way as to capture my students’ interest and imagination, and in a format that makes it easy for them to quickly learn key concepts.  This would be a terrific addition to our STEAM Program.  Students without any knowledge of IP will find Mr. Orkin’s book both entertaining and extremely informative." - Lee Marcus, AP Statistics Teacher, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

"Making IP understandable and accessible to first time entrepreneurs is not easy. These publications help demystify and aid this process." - David Bradbury, President, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Inc (VCET)

"Professor Neal Orkin’s new book, "IP Basics," stimulates curiosity and delivers vitally-important information to students and teachers alike. Orkin's decades of IP expertise and his passion for the topic make "IP Basics"  a must-read." - Donald L. Haskin, Senior Vice President, Citibank, Member, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Education Fund

"With their natural inquisitiveness and creativity, but lack of business experience, young people can be most susceptible to opening new businesses without proper preparation, increasing their probability of failure.

With this book, Neal Orkin has taken an important step in helping students and others new to entrepreneurship enhance their chances of success.  While today’s self-help guides, one day seminars and academic curriculum devoted to entrepreneurship may focus on the important disciplines of marketing, sales, finance, and operations, what is often missing from them is how business creators can protect what they create in the present and for the long term. This book on IP provides essential background information on how this can be done. Its clear, concise style is perfect for those interested in a short, but practical guide to this essential information for those with aspirations of creating a business. I highly recommend Neal’s work." - Francis Linnehan, Ph.D, Dean Emeritus, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

"Understanding and appreciating intellectual property has never been more important. Professor Orkin makes it simple but not simplistic, precise but concise. The basics made clear and useful." - M. Kelly Tillery, Esquire, Senior Partner, Intellectual Property Department, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA, USA

"Professor Neal Orkin provides us with a concise and clear introduction to the basic issues of Intellectual Property that we all need. Based on his years of teaching Legal Studies at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, he shows us the sources and concerns that interest so many of us who deal with ideas and discovery, the ABCs of ownership, protection of ideas to which we are emotionally connected, and aspects of software, trademarks, patents, and copyrights that we are generating. As a researcher and teacher of molecular biology and sociolinguistics, I, together with my students and colleagues, am indebted to Neal Orkin for this most useful gift." - Rakhmiel Peltz, Ph.D., Professor of Sociolinguistics, Founding Director of Judaic Studies, Drexel University

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Educational Technologies: Challenges, Applications and Learning Outcomes

“A sophisticated treatise on the multidimensional nature of empathy and its connections to depression. Firmly grounded in empirical research, Dr. Chambliss deftly weaves together the biological, psychological, interpersonal, and cultural variables shaping both empathy and depression, as well as the relationship between the two. The result is a comprehensive exploration of the human experience as embedded in the context of today's complex and rapidly changing world.” - Robin Knoblach, Ph.D., Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Private Practice, Herndon, VA

“If you are interested in what experts from the around the world have to share about up-to-date advances in educational technology, then Educational Technologies by Lijia Lin and Bob Atkinson belongs on your bookshelf.” - Richard E. Mayer, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, and editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning.

“This volume is an ambitious undertaking addressing a persistent problem in getting the findings of educational technology research into large-scale practice. The focus is primarily on new technologies and innovative use of those technologies. Authors come from around the world and include many international scholars. Hopefully their efforts as reported in this book will have a large-scale, sustained and systemic impact on practices and policies pertaining to effective use of educational technology.” - J. Michael Spector, PhD, Professor, Learning Technologies, University of North Texas.

“Educational technology has progressed substantially from the days when any new technology that potentially might be used in education immediately attracted supporters advocating its use. Today, the critical factor in the uptake of technology is the manner in which it interacts with human cognitive, motivational, social and emotional systems. Educational Technologies: Challenges, Applications and Learning Outcomes, is edited by Lijia Lin and Bob Atkinson, both expert in the area of educational psychology. It collects the work of global leaders concerned with the interaction between human attributes and educational technology. The result is a book wide in its scope and deep in its analyses. I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone with an interest in this important, rapidly expanding field.” - John Sweller, Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Strategies for Deep Learning with Digital Technology: Theories and Practices in Education

"This book covers a cutting edge topic in education with strong theoretical ties to work in cognition, metacognition, and emotion, with chapters written by leading researchers in the field. Researchers and practitioners interested in the impact of digital technologies in learning will find this volume to be informative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking." - Anne E. Cook, Professor and Chair, Educational Psychology Department, Director for Student and Faculty Affairs, College of Education, University of Utah, USA

“This edited book provides excellent resources for researchers and academic professionals about the connections between deep learning (involving critical and creative thinking, reasoning performance, making inferences and knowledge transfer) and the use of digital technologies (such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D visualization, e-portfolios, and a network-based approach). Authors examine theories relevant to deep learning and provide research results regarding the cognitive and metacognitive learning strategies, self-regulated learning, reasoning performance, along with many other themes. This book offers the valuable support to graduate students and teachers aiming at their professional development, and a must for a library.” - Anna Ursyn, Professor of Digital Media Digital Media Area Head, School of Art and Design, College of Performing and Visual Arts, University of Northern Colorado, USA

"“Deep learning” is the holy grail of teaching and learning, particularly for the solving of complicated and real-world challenges. The editor defines deep learning as “learners’ engagement in critical and creative thinking, making inferences and transferring knowledge” (Zheng, 2018, p. xiii). While defined in different ways, “deep learning” involves complex understandings of the target subject domain (and related areas) that are transferable and that enable real-life problem solving and innovating in various contexts." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Shalin Hai-Jew, instructional designer at Kansas State University, USA. Published in C2C Digital Magazine

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