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An Introduction to Mass and Heat Transfer by S. Middleman John New York (1998). 672 pages

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In short, students just being introduced to fluid mechanics will find this an
invaluable introduction, and lecturers who are unfamiliar with the depth of the topic
will find the comments in the solution manual equally invaluable.
Robert P. Mun
School of Chemical Engineering
Curtin University of Technology
An Introduction to Mass and Heat Transfer, by S. Middleman, John
Wiley, New York (1998). 672 pages. ISBN 0-471-1 1176-7.
This is an unusual textbook, not least because of the order of treatment of the topics.
Typically a text will examine heat transfer, thoroughly, and then in 1 or 2 chapters,
add mass transfer as an analogous process. The author has reversed this trend and
introduced mass transfer operations as the first part of the course, and then built heat
transfer on this foundation. More importantly, both topics are given equal billing, so
that neither is given a cursory examination, as so often occurs. The converse does
occur, however, in that neither topic is as deeply covered as it could possibly be, but
then the author never claimed this as an intention.
What this textbook does, is introduce the student to the principles of the topic in
such a way that they can build their knowledge from a strong foundation. It is geared
towards the average student, with the aim of enabling them to look at phenomena,
and develop a mathematical representation of it, and then, most importantly to
evaluate the implications and accuracy of the model. This is achieved by the use of
copious examples, each of which is thoroughly detailed and explained.
Like the previous book, the sub-heading is also Principles of Analysis and
Design. This is the key to this book, and why a student will find it invaluable. The
basic theory is soundly introduced, and the examples build up to the examination of
practical problems, so that the student can clearly see the assumptions that go into
design work.
Few students readily grasp the connection between heat, mass and momentum
transfer fkom the time worn texts that are currently available. These texts are highly
recommended, and held in great academic favour, but students often find the highly
mathematical nature of these texts difficult to grasp. This is not a failure of the
students, for ultimately very few are going to need this level of mathematics. They
do not need to know the nuances of various mathematical constructs, because most
will become practical, industrial engineers, who need a f m grasp of the basics, the
ability to analyse a problem, and to come up with a solution.
To aid the lecturer, a solutions manual is provided. This solutions manual is in
many ways the best I have ever seen. All manuals provide solutions; some manuals
provide a discussion of the results. This manual includes examples to further
illustrate the discussion of the solution! It is clear that the author has considerable
experience in teaching this course, and he has done his utmost to provide the student
and the lecturer with this knowledge.
To be sure, the text has its faults, the index is brief, making it difficult to find the
topics, but this is a minor point. Inevitably some topics are not covered. No
introductory text could hope to cover every topic. I believe this is a good
introductory work for undergraduate students. It would also be useful for nonengineers to read, in order to understand how to examine heat and mass transfer
Robert P. Mun
School of Chemical Engineering
Curtin University of Technology
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