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The Scientist & Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing [Hardcover]

Steven W. Smith
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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1997 0966017633 978-0966017632 1st
Clear and concise explanations of practical DSP techniques. Written for scientists and engineers needing the power of DSP, but not the abstract theory and detailed mathematics.

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This is the hardcover edition of Smith's classic book. It is also available in softcover under the title: "Digital Signal Processing: A Guide for Engineers and Scientists." The softcover version is slightly less expensive, while the hardcover edition contains an additional 23 page study guide to help newcomers to DSP. The Author's recommendation: Choose the hardcover edition if you will need DSP in the future, and the softcover version if your need is only short-term.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 626 pages
  • Publisher: California Technical Pub; 1st edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966017633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966017632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for DSP implementers of ALL backgrounds! A+ November 29, 2001
Format:Hardcover
No other DSP text even comes close. I cannot even begin to describe the worth of this volume in 1000 words, but I will do my best:
1) The author explicitly reviewed important fundamental concepts such as convolution, system response, sampling theorems, etc. He did so with incredible clarity and mathematical precision, while maintaining readability. This is key, as it forms an excellent foundation for using the book as a "from-the-ground-up" DSP trainer.
I (also) highly recommend this text to anyone NEEDING TO LEARN DSP UNDER DEADLINE! I have used this text to mentor undergraduates through capstone design courses involving DSP, with tremendous success.
2) The author makes excellent usage of graphical examples to ensure a solid grasp of the concepts. He does so with equally clear descriptive text.
3) The author presents UNDERSTANDABLE techniques and methodologies for solving real-world DSP problems. His presentation consistently relates the results and examples to the fundamentals, reinforcing the reader's grasp as he or she progresses through the material.
4) Worth mentioning twice: This DSP text is EASY to read!!!!!
If only my entire engineering library were this good. (Note: I am in no way affiliated with the author or publisher.)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical and complete, easy to understand July 26, 2001
Format:Hardcover
It takes an expert to be able to explain a complicated subject, and Steve Smith is one of those rare experts.
I had no previous experience with signal processing. Within a week of reading this book, I was able to write FFTs, high pass, low pass, and windowed sinc filters in C.
As a bonus, his clear description of convolution, complex numbers, Fourier transform, Laplace transform and Z transform made them all "click".
The only other book I've read that has been able to explain a complicated subject with this level of clarity is Richard Feynman's Physics Lecture series.
Thanks Steve!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but his newer edition is cheaper! January 3, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Evarything that the other reviewers say is true. However, his newer book is an update with added material, improve typesetiing, and a CD with programs.

Buy the new book, which has a slightly different title, "DSP for Engineers and Scientists..."

Added note, of November, 2011: I have just edited my old review, changing the rating from one star to four stars. I did not mean to give it a bad review, eight years ago. I just had wanted to alert people of the newer edition of the book. I apologize for not making my message more clear. I think (as I always have) that the author has written the best book on the subject. -J.D.S.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference - and its free. August 9, 2005
By A. Veit
Format:Hardcover
I am a mechanical engineer, but lately I have been doing a lot of signal processing and data analysis using MatLab. This book was a great way to get back up to speed. Its clear and concise without geting too bogged down in theory - lots of directly applicable tips and info.
Its also free for download on the author's website, [...] and from Analog Devices website in their training materials area, [...].
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book for Intuitive Understanding of DSP September 24, 2001
By tagger9
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book if you want to understand the concepts and practical aspects of digital signal processing. I have read dozens of DSP books, and found none are better than this for explaining, in words rather than equations, what you are really doing in DSP. There are some equations where required and a background in basic calculus would be helpful but not essential.
This is an excellent companion book to the standard, highly mathematical DSP books (Proakis, Oppenheim, etc) used in Electrical Engineering departments. These books give lots of equations and tell you how to solve them; the DSP book by Smith tells you what the DSP equations are really doing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best technical books I've ever seen February 11, 2003
Format:Hardcover
I am a graduate mechanical engineering student and I have found that ALL engineers today are required to have a GOOD fundamental understanding of electricity and electronics. The most difficult of electronic concepts to grasp for the uninitiated is DSP. After skimming through other books and becoming quite frustrated hacking my way through others I have found not only the best introduction to DSP in publication, but also one of the best technical books I've ever seen...and I read a lot of technical books outside of required texts. Excellent job by the author...books like this do not come around often enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent November 16, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I am on page 40, and the money is already considered well spent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book October 23, 2002
Format:Hardcover
The author promises at the beginning of the book to explain all DSP concepts without using anything else then elementry math. He has succeeded in doing that from page one to the last one!. Every subject in DSP, no matter how mathematically complex, is described here with clarity that can not be found elsewhere. The explanation about FFT, laplace and Z-Transorm are awesome. It's amazing how subjects as complex as these are explained in plain english that everyone can understand. Also other subjects like neural networks and compression are explained in the most clear way I've seen in any book. An Amazing job. Buy it Now!.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, cohesive, practical, illuminating.
Far superior to any text on DSP that I used in undergraduate or graduate school in terms of making the material easily accessible and cogent. Read more
Published 3 days ago by T. Bucella
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearest, best math book I've ever read
I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the book and I've already gone from basically knowing nothing about FFTs to creating my own more-or-less completely understood implementation... Read more
Published 18 days ago by David Rysdam
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
I loved the book.
Very clean and intuitive explanation of complex matters, easy to understand
I bought the book to learn some basics of DSP to use in a immediate... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sergey Popov
5.0 out of 5 stars I guess this is how DSP should be written.
I have at least four DSP class taken from my undergrad and grad school and they are mainly they are math based. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Aycardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to DSP
This book is great for someone with a technical background wanting to learn more about DSP. It teaches the topic through practical methods that one can use in their own... Read more
Published 2 months ago by prof_lin
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes brilliance to understand a subject completely and communicate...
Yes this book is available online for nothing but you should give this author your money if you can afford it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best book for understanding basics of DSP
Where was this guy when I was going to school? Well, he might've been in diapers, I don't know. Reading this book makes me wish I can go back in time and give myself this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DSP resource
This book is a great read. It covers some fairly complex topics and does so elegantly, presenting the material in a way which allows it to sink in and be understood.
Published 6 months ago by Sam Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very usefull book for engineering.
Today, all engineers are required to have good fundamental understanding of electricity and electronics. And in all departments of engineering, DSP is required. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Danijel Jakušić
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, a "bible" of the topic... The author is a genius!
Great book, a "bible" of the topic...
I think this book is a "must" for electrical and electronics engineers! Read more
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