Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 2003 (Book Review)

Introduction to Logic Design

Second Edition
Alan B. Marcovitz
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY

This textbook is intended as an introductory logic design book for students in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering. The book focuses on fundamentals of digital logic design. In the second edition of this textbook, switching algebra is developed as a tool for analysis and implementation of digital logic systems. Multiple examples of digital logic design are well integrated into the body of the text. In addition to the numerous examples in the body of the text, each chapter has a set of solved problems which illustrate the techniques developed in this textbook.

The topical coverage of this textbook includes switching algebra, Karnaugh maps, analysis and design of combinational logic systems, analysis and design of sequential logic systems, and simplification of sequential logic circuits. An outstanding feature of this textbook is the presentation of laboratory exercises. A total of 26 laboratory exercises are presented. Traditional hands-on hardware experiments as well as simulation laboratory exercises using popular software packages are tied closely to the text material to allow students implement the concepts they are learning.

No prerequisite is needed to study this textbook. The digital logic design basics presented in this textbook provide more than enough material for a first course in digital logic. A clear presentation of the basics and well-paced writing style makes this textbook suitable for any first course in digital logic design.

Sohail Anwar, Ph.D. 
The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.

Last Updated on 8/29/2005