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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just a note: it's "Lorenz gauge", not "Lorentz"


I found out from Pertti Lounesto's "Clifford Algebras and Spinors" that it was Ludwig Valentin LoreNZ, and not Hendrik Antoon LoreNTZ, who discovered the famous gauge condition. Griffiths' excellent textbook continues to perpetuate this error in its 3rd edition. It would be nice if widely used texts rectified this mistake. L. V. Lorenz defined the condition in an 1867 paper when H. A. Lorentz was 14. See: J. van Bladel, "Lorenz or Lorentz?", IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, vol. 33, No. 2, 1991, p. 69.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Build a Speech Recognition Application: Second Edition: A Style Guide for Telephony Dialogues
Publisher: Enterprise Integration Group
Authors: Bruce Balentine, David P. Morgan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent, highly practical book.


Large vocabulary recognition applications are hot. Callers can speak directly to computers to make reservations, trade stocks, track packages, and handle many other complex transactions. Convenient applications that allow you to use the telephone to interact with computerized tranaction systems will soon be ubiquitous. Designers with the experience and cleverness to engineer good applications are in demand.
This book provides an excellent guide for both the novice and experienced application designer. Balentine and Morgan are both well known and well respected in the User Interface and Speech Processing technical communities.
The book covers a wide variety of topics useful in creating speech recognition applications: speech output, speech recognition, natural language understanding, vocabulary suggestions, testing, etc. All of the topics are covered from an intensely practical approach. The authors provide lots of guidelines for application dialog definition, and distinguish required from recommended practices. They make an effort to point out good design practices. A careful reader of this book can not help but become a better dialog designer and application developer.
But this book is not just a cookbook, or a list of guidelines. Balentine and Morgan make sure the reader understands why a recommendation is made. In difficult or controversial areas, they discuss important issues that affect the application dialog. For example, in the chapter on barge-in they avoid the simple minded approach used by some technology vendors and discuss when barge-in should and should not be used, how to recover from error, and the legal issues posed.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers


I just got this and am finding it very useful; it's full of practical and easy to follow tricks that I've wondered about for a while.
Well worth the price if you are serious about post processing. Scott has a dry quirky wit and it provides for interesting reading. He is also a master with CS and has collected many awesome tricks from a wide network of professionals.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Information Security Management Handbook, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
not a practical technical book


This is not a practical technical book. It is a theoretical technical book that is hard to read, even if you are technical. If you are reading it to pass the CISSP test, you will also need ISBN: 0849308003 brown book.
I have my CISSP now. I have serious concerns about the legitimacy of the other reviewers who gave this book 1 star.