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I recently finished reading "Noise", by Bart Kosko. At least, I think I finished it. The book didn't really end. It just sort of stopped.Bart Kosko is an electrical engineering professor at USC. He has written books on topics like fuzzy logic (not to be confused with wooly thinking). This book is on noise, as opposed to signal, but taken in the broad (sometimes metaphorical) sense.So, we learn about things like how "urban great tits" (sic) sing at higher minimum frequencies in urban areas, just [...]
(working from recent memory, the book's already gone back to the library)This title is less about the social and cultural impacts of noise as well as its evolution in our environment (although it curiously and almost boringly went on at length about law regarding nuisance, grazing even areas that weren't noise focused at all). If you what a better treatment on this, how we've grown into noisy environments as a society and how we deal with the impact of noise, I recommend "Discord: The Story of N [...]
This was quite a fascinating read and I learned (in theory, I promptly forgot most of it) a ton about noise and signals and all that stuff I never bothered to study before. It’s a well written book that doesn’t scare you with the maths, sciences, ee, and whatever else was inside. I found the quotes at the start of each chapter the most fascinating.
Noise in all of its varietiesneuroonal, cosmological, legal concepts, electrical engineering, good noise.
It provided an interesting perspective on what exactly noise is, and how he thinks it differentiates from music. Noise is a nuisance. But not this book. I thought it was very good, so i'm going to give it a solid 4 stars.
Extraordinarily interesting subject matter, rather clumsily explained. He either spends too much time explaining simple concepts, or blasting through college courses in a paragraph. Gets 4 stars for doing what all nonfiction should: taught me some and inspired me to learn more
This was a great attempt to bridge academic writing with popular science. It definitely challenges the reader to keep up (especially if you take in all the End Notes). I also appreciated the author's own voice coming through.
Not engaging to me. Doesn't seem to be headed to any point that needs so many pages to discuss.