Balanis’ second edition of Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics – a global best-seller for over 20 years – covers the advanced knowledge engineers involved in electromagnetic need to know, particularly as the topic relates to the fast-moving, continually evolving, and rapidly expanding field of wireless communications. The immense interest in wireless communications and the expected increase in wireless communications systems projects (antenna, microwave and wireless communication) points to an increase in the number of engineers needed to specialize in this field.
In addition, the Instructor Book Companion Site contains a rich collection of multimedia resources for use with this text. Resources include:
- Ready-made lecture notes in Power Point format for all the chapters.
- Forty-nine MATLAB® programs to compute, plot and animate some of the wave phenomena
- Nearly 600 end-of-chapter problems, that’s an average of 40 problems per chapter (200 new problems; 50% more than in the first edition)
- A thoroughly updated Solutions Manual
- 2500 slides for Instructors are included.
Book Review by Joe
One of best classic electromagetics texts available
One of the first (if not the first) e/m texts to discuss, in detail, double-negative metamaterials, a topic which has caught my interest, Balanis is unique in covering a number of other topics: for instance reflection and transmission in layered media. The coverage on waveguides seems a little excessive for a basic e/m text, but it’s nice to have all those formulas in one place.
The new edition seems to have a lot more than the first, but is easier to handle – that edition seemed almost ready for two volumes. Balanis was the text used in the EE e/m course I took and I note a lot of familiar problems, some of which are very helpful in understanding concepts (unlike those in another text I’m thinking of, which makes each problem a hurdle to mount). I haven’t tried the website but it looks exciting.
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About the Author
Constantine A. Balanis (born 1938) is a Greek born American scientist. Born in Trikala, Greece on October 29, 1938. He emigrated to the United States in 1955, where he studied Electrical Engineering. He received United States citizenship in 1960. Balanis received the Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in 1964, the Master of Science degree from the University of Virginia, in 1966, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University, in 1969, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2004. From 1964 to 1970 he was with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia and from 1970 to 1983 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.