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Communication Systems 4th Edition [Hardcover]

Simon Haykin
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May 15, 2000 0471178691 978-0471178699 4th
This best-selling, easy-to-read, communication systems text has been extensively revised to include the most exhaustive treatment of digital communications in an undergraduate level text. In addition to being the most up-to-date communications text available, Simon Haykin has added MATLAB computer experiments.

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A new edition that takes students to the cutting edge and back!

Extensively revised and updated, this new fourth edition of COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS is the most complete undergraduate textbook on the theories and principles behind today's most advanced communications systems.

New features include:

  • MATLAB computer experiments that demonstrate important aspects of communication theory
  • Expanded coverage of emerging digital technologies, such as digital subscriber line (DSL), carrierless amplitude modulation/phase modulation (CAP), and discrete multi-tone (DMT)
  • Dozens of examples that relate theory to real-world communication systems

Superbly organized, the text skillfully guides students through topics ranging from pulse modulation to passband digital transmission, and from random processes to error-control coding. Throughout, Haykin presents difficult concepts in language that students can easily understand.

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Simon Haykin, McMaster University

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4th edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471178691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471178699
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What it is about, is left for you to figure out. August 7, 1999
By Jan
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first undergraduate book on communication systems to include introductory treatments of time-frequency analysis and cryptography. Three years ago when I took my first communications course, I have used this book as a reference. "Modern digital and analog communication systems", second edition by P. B. Lathi, was the adapted textbook by my professor. I had four books to study the subject from; Lathi, Haykin, Zimer and Tranter, and Leon W. Couch II. Because Haykin was the most popular, I though that it was the one that I should concentrate on. Upon completion of reading each chapter, I had more questions than answers, so I had each time to turn to Lathi and Zimer, which I found much more fluid and accessible. Couch's "Digital and analog communication systems" is simply a piece of garbage. After reading Lathi's "Modern digital and analog communication systems", for analog communications course, B. Sklar for digital communications course, I gained an adequate maturity on the subject such that enabled me to read Proakis's "Digital communications", third edition, which I found to be the most serious and involved book on the subject. I still think that Haykin's "Communication systems", is very much similar to Kant's "Critique of pure reason", since you have to read the same thing over and over again until you reach the point where you start wondering "have I understood it, or is it the repetition that made me memorize the subject?!". Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not the best May 3, 2003
By A Customer
First, you really need to have prior exposure to the subject to thoroughly understand some of the topics involved. Some equations are introduced 'ad hoc' and are not explained, even intuitively. If you want to know the 'why' and 'how', look to other books such as Lathi's and Proakis's, which are much better. I found their books to be more systematic, more organized, and simply more logical. Our professors at my university do not seem to like this book, and the students now know why. We switched to Communication Systems Engineering by Proakis, which is more mathematically sound and much clearer. However, you can gain some useful insights from Haykin's book, so I give it two stars instead of one because everything in Haykin's book cannot necessarily be found elsewhere, so it is of use at times.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all as a reference... November 27, 1998
By A Customer
In the last lines of 'Preface', Haykin says: "It is expected that the reader has a knowledge of electronics, circuit theory, and probability theory". In fact he forgot to mention signals & systems, and analog & digital communications, since the book addresses professors, definitely not students. The prose comprises sophisticated ambiguous phrases, as if they were set that way on purpose, although his other books are written in clear, interesting, and intuitive style, like 'Neural Networks', 'Adaptive Filter Theory'. Probably more famous for bibliography than for the material itself, so, one can find there titles such as: 'The Analytical Theory of Heat', J.B.J. Fourier (1878).'Theory of Motion of the Heavenly Bodies', C.F. Gauss (1809). VA Kotelnikov's Theory of Optimum Noise Immunity (1947). 'Adaptive Filter Theory', Haykin (1991). 'Digital Signal Processing', Oppenheim & Schafer, etc , as if the undergraduate student, who barely distinguishes between coherent & noncoherent detection, is expected to go through such subjects. A lot of unrelated topics have been added just to make the book look thicker, like Wavelet Transform, Short Time Fourier Transform & FFT and others, each of which one wouldn't understand from it, unless he/she previously had been exposed to. The bottom line here is that I find this book completely unreadable as a text, but not bad at all as a reference for the topics that one might have had forgotten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gets worse as you go on August 23, 1999
By A Customer
At the start, a lot of what is covered gets a fairly rigorous mathematical treatment, but as you get on through the book, it gets very hand wavy and though there's still lots of maths to do, it's a bit hard to relate it to what Haykin is talking about. Having read the answer book for a lot of the problems, you would think comms engineering is easy, where in fact it's bloody difficult.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written textbook offers no insight! October 15, 2001
I wish I could give this book 0 stars!
I am using this textbook for an undergraduate communications theory course. The textbook is poorly organized and the writing is difficult to follow! It is difficult to even approach the problems out of the book even after reading the chapters. The text tries to cover a wide range of material while offering little or no insight to the underlying communications principles. Equations after equations with poor explanation is certainly no way to learn communications theory. I deeply regret choosing this textbook for my course. Definitely look to other books if you want to learn some communications theory!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brand New
Saved $150.00 on this book. Condition is used but book looks brand new. I waited until after the beginning of the semester "book rush". Rental only cost me $16.00. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christian Tejada
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
Great buy and I am so happy I have this now. I will recommend this to friends, family , and others
Published 18 months ago by James C. Jones Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Product, but not the Best
I'm using this book for my classes and sometimes the material seems to be out of order (as in, certain chapters would be better in different areas) but it is otherwise a very good... Read more
Published 19 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read
I find this text interesting to read. But It lacks a lot of detail on the solutions to problems. So many steps were jumped with lots of assumptions. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by C. Eboh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
My undergraduate communication systems course used this book. I just remember the text being quite easy to follow and the example problems were workable. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by L. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best...
having spent 2 quarters of preparation in learning "signal and systems", we moved to this book for the 3rd quarter and got through 40% of it in 10 weeks at Caltech. Read more
Published on January 23, 2006 by Daniel H. Geng
Published on October 21, 2003 by sadi karakoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory textbook
I realized that someone else wrote a review under my name, giving a low rate (one star) to this book. I have never written a review for this book before. Read more
Published on April 23, 2003 by Belkacem Derras
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book with some errors
Dr. Haykin's book on Communication Systems is one of the standard textbook in the world. It is the first book from which many EE students start to learn the theory of... Read more
Published on November 21, 2002 by C.H. Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Textbook
This textbook was used in the communication systems class I took several years ago, and I enjoyed using it very much. Read more
Published on January 2, 2002 by Ilya Poberezhskiy
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