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Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems (The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering) Hardcover – March 26, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0195110098 ISBN-10: 0195110099 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (March 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195110099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195110098
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A textbook that focuses on giving students an intuitive understanding of communication systems as well as the theoretical knowledge. The book is well written so that I can cover additional material in class and allow the book's explanation of certain topics to stand on its own." --Lisa Osackiw, Syracuse University

"Elegantly written. Theories on Fourier transform and signal space are well presented. One of the best books for electrical engineering students and engineers."--Julian Cheung, New York Institute of Technology

"I liked this book simply for its simplicity of instruction, easy to understand, and its comprehensive material. The book covers a wide range of information related to communication, including how communication systems work and how they perform in the presence of noise." --Ibraheem Kateeb, Guilford Tech

"Excellent explanation! Super text for beginners!" --Donald M. Wiberg, University of California, Santa Cruz

About the Author

B. P. Lathi is at California State University.

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Serves great as an introductory text on analog and digital communications.
Shameek Chakraborty
The concepts are explained much clearly and the book makes every attempt to relate the concepts with day to day life.
InfiniteVariations
I would recommend this to any undergrad/grad student in any part of the world.
Shanmuga

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By InfiniteVariations on December 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read the Communication Systems Engineering book by Proakis and Salehi and comparing that with this book by Lathi, this book is a lot better. The concepts are explained much clearly and the book makes every attempt to relate the concepts with day to day life. Attention has been paid to detail so as not to confuse the student too much. Also the mathematics in this book is much more complete than the Proakis and Salehi book. I would recommend this book with 5 stars.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Diepenbrock III on April 3, 2006
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This is an outstanding text. Its explanation of Shannon's theorem is the best I've seen anywhere. What makes this text stand out is two things beyond just the subject matter covered (which is also excellent). First, just enough historical background is given behind a major discovery to give an appreciation for why the discovery is important. For example, earlier pioneers in FM thought that FM bandwidth was only the deviation in frequency due to the modulation of the signal. Of course, this proved to be incorrect and the explanation of why is absolutely clear in this text. Second, often the author will take a sentence or two to recap a complex explanation just to make sure the reader has understood the points made. This is excellent pedagogical style.

It is also important to note that the printing of this volume makes its reading a pleasure. The style of the text, the equations, and the examples are well-done.

This is just about the best communications text I've seen. Move over Couch and Sklar.

Please, Professor Lathi write some more of these texts.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book as the text book for my first semester communication systems course at Cornell. I found this book is easy to read and understand, plus there are plenty of examples. Compared to other miserable communications textbooks out there, this book is a must-read for any telecom majors.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ryanov on May 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is far better than Haykin's Communication Systems textbook and is cleaner in presentation and organization by leaps and bounds. This book does not introduce topics ad hoc and expect you to have previous background, as Haykin's book does. I really cannot find anything major at all wrong with this book. Everything is clear, the examples are relevant, and the book is really smooth if you start from the beginning. I used this book in addition to Communication Systems by Haykin to learn the subject, and this one is far better; my fellow students agree with me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ozdal Barkan on December 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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This is an amazing book with many sections that are gems! Shannon's theorem is explained so beautifully in such detail that I have never seen anything like it. The chapters on Optimum signal detection and error correction codes are so beautifully written and easy to follow that I want to congratulate the author. The section on how to calculate the power spectral density of different line codes like bipolar, split phase, and polar was the easiest to read yet very detailed.

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However the book is scattered. The same material sometimes is covered in multiple chapters in bits and pieces. Partially this is because the author wants to first introduce some of the concepts without discussing probability and later covers them again after studying probability. But, this still can't explain why things are so scattered. The new chapters added in the third edition covering some of the new applications are not written well. The contribution by a guest author to one of the chapters was horrible!

What will make this book excellent is to get rid of the guest author and some of the new material, clean up the presentation of the fundamentals and present in a more unified matter.

This book is a good relief from reading Proakis. I have read many advanced books which were easy to read. The reason Proakis was hard to read wasn't because the subject was advanced but simply it wasn't written well.

p.s. My second edition was read so often that the glued pages started falling out. I bought the third edition and once again the glued pages fell out! I don't know if it is because this is one of the books I most frequently use or just the binding should be improved.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Dhruv on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book as the adopted text for a course in Communication Systems in Electronics and Communication Engineering major. I find this text a marvelous one in every aspect for introducing the subject, instigating interest in this exciting area. The treatment of math in the text is excellent, as the author takes all efforts to work us through the solved examples, with increasing mathametical maturity. The author goes further to explain the mathametical analysis mapping it to the real world behaviour. I had a chance to refer to other texts in this area too - Simon Haykin's Communication Systems, Carlson's text and others. While they are good, I think this one is the best one for any newcomer to the subject. It helped me in understanding advanced texts like Proakis's Digital Communications.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gop on April 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the best communication book I've ever read. The part about using signal space concept to explain optimum reciever structure in AWGN is just amazing! Linear algebra and probability theory all appear there! I can't stop myself reading the book once I start to do so! Highly recommended!
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