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Information Transmission, Modulation, and Noise by M. Schwartz
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it was amazing

Still a thrill


Schwartz is still at it. An octogenarian, and still listed at Columbia, he’s left a powerful legacy in Information Transmission and has a 2005 book out on wireless communication. What makes Info Transmission so thrilling is the way Schwartz tells the story. It’s not often that technical texts of such dense topics are written with grace but Schwartz does it in a concept development process that somehow rings like a bell when the reader gets that ah-ha experience – and they’re everywhere in this book. Books like these are the kind old men read in retirement when they visit the shelf, open the text and see once more that marginalia, read those elegant descriptions and turn back the clock to younger days, realizing the older they get the better they were. Schwartz is an old friend that’s always there on the shelf inviting readers to take a break, to have fun one more time. His descriptions of that ubiquitous sinc function – required reading for all good Americans – is like music. This reader isn’t exactly sure how he does it – just what is it that makes the text flow so well - but I can only imagine just how thrilling it must have been to be in one of his classes.
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January 20, 2015 – Shelved

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