Introduction

This book is meant to be an easy read. I wanted to give the reader a perspective from a different vantage point; a holistic view that encompasses sufficient information on the science, engineering, and economics of an often misunderstood field. It is light in all three disciplines, but hopefully descriptive enough to get the point across, without extensive discussions of any one topic. I like thin books that get to the point, yet are not very esoteric, so I have endeavored to keep this one short and simple.

If the reader desires detailed derivations, mathematical theories, and models, this is not the book, though some are discussed in great detail, when necessary. Neither is it for someone who desires detailed engineering design ...

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