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Heat Transfer Technologies and Practices for Effective Energy Management by G.S. Samdani (ed.) McGraw-Hill Inc. New York (1996). 250 pages

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Book Reviews
Instrumentation and Process Control, by N.P. Chopey (ed.),
McGraw-Hill Inc., New York (1 996). 250 pages. ISBN 0-07-01 1687-3.
Heat Transfer Technologies and Practices for Effective Energy
Management, by G.S. Samdani (ed.), McGraw-Hill Inc., New York
(1996). 250 pages. ISBN 0-07-057769-2.
Safety and Risk Management Tools and Techniques in the CPI, by
G.S. Samdani (ed.), McGraw-Hill Inc., New York (1996). 350 pages.
ISBN 0-07-057768-4.
The reason these three books are grouped together for review is that despite the
obviously different topics, they all comprise reprint papers from Chemical
Engineering (New York) magazine. They are from the McGraw-Hill Catalogue of
Professional and Reference Books. This type of book, the journal article reprint
volume, was popular in the early eighties but then went out of favour possibly caused
by low sales and also, or due to, a high price? These volumes are approximately
Aust.$l40 each and are certainly not cheap, even as hardcover volumes. The
purchase of such a volume depends upon the individual viewpoint, personally I like
these books - mainly for use by my undergraduates (library copies) to provide an
industrial perspective on selected course topics. However, I would not purchase my
own copy as the original papers would serve equally as well.
These books would all benefit fiom inclusion of an up-to-date Introduction
which puts the particular field into perspective regarding recent developments and the
state-of-the-art. As all the books are divided into several appropriate sections, an
editorial overview and pertinent comments at these junctures on specific
developments since the original papers were published would be valuable.
Alternatively the original authors could have provided updated comments. The lack
of editorial direction is the main drawback in each case. The papers selected were
published since 1990, and there is a note in the Instrumentation and Process Control
volume regarding the rapid changes in technology! However, some more detailed
discussion and update is still necessary.
On a more positive note, I liked and approve of all these volumes as they make
excellent quick reference guides for specific topics for students, lecturers and industry
practitioners. Each book is well organised by the editor into relevent sections and the
papers included are appropriate for the aim of the book. The instrumentation volume
is probably the area which will become most quickly dated, although the Safety and
Risk Management volume begins with Section I: The Regulatory Scene comprising
four papers, one each fiom 1992-1995! A minor point, but in the Heat Transfer
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