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A Dictionary of Electronics and Electrical Engineering


This dictionary was first published in 1979 as the Penguin Dictionary of Electronics and ran to four editions under that title.

This new edition for Oxford University Press has been thoroughly updated throughout, and has also been substantially expanded to cover a number of rapidly developing fields that have become central to electronics in the twenty-first century. These include digital systems, modern communications engineering, audio technology, and optoelectronics. To this end we have added more than 700 new entries on subjects ranging from robotics and nanotechnology to microwave systems and image processing.

Diagrams and tables are included in support of entries as appropriate. There are also a number of Appendices, including the Greek Alphabet, Electrochemical Series, Derived SI Units with Special Names, and Graphical Symbols.

Some entries simply refer the reader to another entry, indicating either that they are synonyms or abbreviations or that they are most conveniently explained in one of the dictionary’s longer articles. Synonyms and abbreviations are usually placed within parentheses immediately after the headword. Terms that are explained within an entry are highlighted by being printed in bold type.