by Bart Kosko

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440627156
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bart Kosko is the author of Fuzzy Thinking, Noise, and Nanotime, among several other books. He is on the faculty of the department of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California and holds degrees in philosophy, economics, mathematics, and electrical engineering. He is an award-winning composer and an elected governor of the International Neural Network Society. Kosko lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The War On Noise
1.1. Noise is an Unwanted Signal
1.2. The Noise-Signal Duality: One Person's Signal is Another Person's Noise
1.3. Information Theory Made a Science Out of the War on Noise
1.4. Channel Noise Randomly Flips Bits
1.5. Noise Limits Channel Capacity
1.6. Noise can Sometimes Help

Chapter 2: Noise Is A Nuisance
2.1. Noise is a Private Nuisance if it Substantially and Unreasonably Interferes with Someone's Use and Enjoyment of Land
2.2. Noise is a Public Nuicance if it Substantially Interferes with a Right Common to the Public
2.3. E-Mail Spam Counts as a Cyber-Noise Nuisance

Chapter 3: The Nuisance That Deafens
3.1. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is a Common Health Hazard
3.2. Noise can Damage the Inner Ear's Frequency Detectors
3.3. Noise Increases Stress
3.4. Noise can Harm Simpler Animals

Chapter 4: White Noise Ain't So White
4.1. White Noise is Independent in Time and has a Flat Spectrum—and so is Physically Impossible
4.2. There are Infinitely Many Types of White Noise
4.3. Most Noise is Impulsive
4.4. Chaos and Fuzz can Produce White Noise
4.5. Real Noise is Colored Noise Because its Frequency Spectrum is not Flat
4.6. Thermal Noise Fills the Universe
4.7. Even Black Holes Emit Noise— and Die

Chapter 5: Fighting Noise With Noise
5.1. The Ideal Low-Pass Filter Resembles Wideband Noise in Digital Sampling
5.2. Noise Helps Shape the Spectrum of Signals
5.3. Noise Cancellers Learn Noise Patterns to Annihilate Them
5.4. Delilah's Secret: Wireless Signals can Hide in Noise

Chapter 6: The Zen of Noise: Stochastic Resonance
6.1. Many Physical and Biological Systems Display a Stochastic Resonance Noise Benefit Because They are Nonlinear Systems
6.2. The "Forbidden Interval" Theorem: Model Neurons Benefit from Noise if the Average Noise Lies Outside the "Forbidden Interval"
6.3. Noise can Benefit Nanosystems and the Molecular Motors of Life


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Noise 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jefware on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kosko writes in an abbreviated fashion that rushes past concepts in a sentence that could easily take a chapter (or a book) to encompass.
name99 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Oh my god, what crap. A portmanteau book like this is always a risk. The author takes the word "noise" as a unifying theme, and tries to discuss noise as seen by engineers, as seen by lawyers, and as seen by physicists. This could be fascinating, which was why I picked up the book, but it falls horribly flat. The engineering discussions are messy and confused, and the physics discussions incomprehensible. I still have no idea if the concept of stochastic resonance corresponds to anything more than dithering; and for heavens sake, as simple a concept as dithering is rendered impenetrable after Kosko is done with it.