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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (12 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801886651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801886652
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 884,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an impressive, enjoyable and unique book... The style is light and entertaining, without in any way trivializing the subject or appearing patronizing, and Blip, Ping, and Buzz achieves the rather special trick of being valuable both to the non-specialist and to the seasoned practitioner.

(Hugh Griffiths Physics World)

This well written book... is highly recommended for just about everyone including, dare I say it, experts.

(Richard J. Peppin International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration)

The writing style is clear and sometimes whimsical, making for easy reading... An excellent addition to the ever-popular genre of books about how things work.

(Colin Keay Australian Physics)

Denny largely sheds the complexity of mathematical constructs, distilling their most salient features into a more qualitative understanding of radar and sonar systems.

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Indeed, Denny's writing is anything but dry and boring. He adeptly explains complex subject matter and does so with relatively simple language and minimal use of symbolic notation.

(Paul A. Faure Bat Research News)

Denny's book gets a two thumbs up from me. It is a clear, beautifully written work on a topic of great interest—and one of great mystery. Best of all, it is not a 'popular science' trivialization of the subject. It is decidedly unusual in that while a bright high school math or science student can read the majority of the book with profit, even graduate engineers will learn from it as well. I certainly did.

(Paul J. Nahin, author of Oliver Heaviside and The Science of Radio)

About the Author

After earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Edinburgh University, Mark Denny pursued research at Oxford University from 1981 to 1984, then moved into a career in industry. For nearly twenty years he developed radar and sonar systems for several multinational aerospace corporations. He is the author of Ingenium: Five Machines That Changed the World, also published by Johns Hopkins. Denny is now retired and lives on Vancouver Island.


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Format: Hardcover
If you ever wanted to know more about radar and sonar without delving into a textbook, then this is the right book for you. It provides a good overview of radar engineering including historical developments and future trends. Sonar principles are also covered but to some less extent, since the main focus of the book is radar. Technical notes at the end of the book provide more explanations about specific topics (i.e. electromagnetic waves, doppler effect, SAR processing, etc.), without any math and complex derivations. Beware that this is not a book for the layman, some basics in physics are definitively required.
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By dan89 on 22 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A very good book for beginners who want to know the core details and history about sonar and radar!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a reader friendly book on Radar, Sonar, and signal processing 12 Feb. 2009
By Baslim the Beggar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a very entertaining and enlightening book to read. This goes well beyond the "a wave goes out, reflects and comes back" explanation of radar and sonar. In fact, looking at the Wikipedia entry for Radar, you get an outline of the radar subjects in this book. But this book will be more fun and will explain far better what those words mean. You will learn some of the language of signal processing and have it well illustrated in text and simple figures. He does sonar as well, and the wonderful MB800 signal processor seems to be a favorite. That last part may sound dull, but trust me, it is not!

Denny does some history, most notably of the British Chain Home radar that helped win the Battle of Britain. He also has a nice section on electronic warfare, with a history of the back and forth between the British and the Germans in World War II.

If you've wondered about the side-scan sonar images in Bob Ballard's stories of hunting for ships, there is a readable description of how that works.

I'll say that it will help you if you read the technical notes at the end of the book. You won't be faced with pages and pages of algebra or a slew of acronyms. Just very good writing
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An Approachable Technical Overview of Remote Sensing 28 Mar. 2008
By G. Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Books on technical subjects can be broadly divided into three main categories: (i) very basic in its descriptions with many historical and biographical snippets but with no mathematics or formulas, (ii) significantly more advanced in technical content with formulas - a possible supplement to a textbook on the subject, and (iii) very advanced such as a textbook or a research paper. I would place this book in the second category. The author's expertise in this field is very obvious through the clarity with which the principles behind radar and sonar are explained. Technical notes at the back of the book, 23 of them, provide more in-depth information for the interested reader on certain technical details. Remote sensing by bats, dolphins and whales is also discussed. The writing style is clear, friendly, authoritative, very witty - a most pleasant feature in a technical book, and quite accessible, although some passages need serious concentration. I learned quite a bit from reading this book but I would benefit even more from re-reading certain sections since this subject, at this level of technical detail, is so new to me. This book would likely of most interest to science buffs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Remarkably Well Done 28 April 2008
By Richard Thieme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Technical books for the general reader must balance effectively accuracy, depth, and complexity on the one hand and readability at several levels on the other. This book succeeds at doing that about as well as any I have ever read, and I read a lot of books that try. The reader can use the numerous appendices to go into as much technical detail (within limits, this is an intro) as s(he) wants while the general discussion illuminates the mechanics and brief history of radar and sonar as well as the always-fascinating means by which bats, dolphins and whales do it better than we do. The author knows his material cold, but in addition, he makes it extremely accessible and pleasant to read. For those who want more, he provides plenty of pointers to plenty more. He's the kind of guy, you decide at the end, you would love to run into at the coffee shop for more conversation.
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Just the right level 14 Jan. 2011
By SP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I would agree with the other good reviews. This book is just at the right level for me. Not simplistic. But not a text book for radar engineers either. An enjoyable read. Provides good intuition behind the science of radar and sonar. And provides good stories to illustrate the pertinence of the theory.
Excellent overview 14 Jun. 2014
By ducky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great introduction to the subject of remote sensing. It is such a big topic, but this book does an excellent job of giving a complete overview with a good amount of scientific detail. I feel like I am in a good place to dive into the areas of the subject relevant to my interests and I was just flailing around the topic before this book.
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