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Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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DOI: 10.1155/s1463924686000251
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  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics


Journal of Automatic Chemistry of Clinical Laboratory Automation, Vol. 8, No. 3 (July-September 1986), p. 134 BOOK REVIEW Microprocessor Programming and Applications for Scientists and Engineers By Richard R. Smardzewski (Elsevier, The Netherlands 1984), pp. 354. Hard cover. ISBN 0-444-42407-5 Written by a research chemist with those outside the electrical engineering community in mind, this first volume of Elsevier’s ’Data handling in science and technology’ series succeeds in being a most useful collection of information. Like many books intended for the layman, the author is forced to direct his text at an hypothetical reader assumed to be poor at mathematics but with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Ten chapters cover bytes, diode gates, tri-state logic, the 6502 microprocessor, assembly language, analogue-to-digital converters, standard interfaces, FORTH and all the bits between. Obviously, the depth of coverage leaves questions unanswered but in general over-simplifications are avoided and the examples are practical. About one-third of the book is given over to the 6502 with practical exercises presented for the AIM 65 computer. The explanations of the processor’s various addressing modes are made digestible by their interspersal with details of other operations. The 6522 versatile interface adapter chip is also covered, and the Rockwell data sheets appear in an appendix along with full 6502 instruction set details. As a BBC microcomputer user, I find the book a constant source of reference but it must be said that with so many texts available on the subject of 6502 assembly language programming, the book could not be recommended for its coverage in this area alone. It is the additional interfacing sections which add to the value of this volume. Although the direct-set typescript lends the impression that you are leafing through someone’s thesis, between the covers of this book are all the data sheets and useful pages torn from magazines that one collects over the years but never quite get

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