- Hardcover: 975 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195158334
- ISBN-13: 978-0195158335
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.9 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
B. P. Lathi is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of Signal Processing and Linear Systems (OUP, 2000) and Modern Digital and Analog Communications Systems, 3/e (OUP, 1998).
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Top Customer Reviews
The questions are often worded a bit obscurely, and the solutions manual is probably incorrect 80% of the time. There is no "answers to odd-numbered exercises" appendix in this text, leading to further frustration with attempting to check work, or get some pointers on how to go about the exercise in general.
There are some pretty handy MATLAB examples throughout the text, however, which serve useful in answering problems and studying the methods to approach certain scenarios with.
When looking at the whole picture, though, I cannot recommend this book to anyone who has the choice of purchasing it. It is vaguely written, pretty dry overall (author attempts to use comic scenes occasionally to no effect), and has a horrendous solutions manual with bad questions in general as well.
This book has the best explanation.
Every theorems are derived from down-to-earth basics.
It not only is easier to understand, but also gives intuition to approach advanced problems.
One downside is the order of contents.
This textbook introduces Laplace and z before Fourier.
I learned by Oppenheim's textbook in the class,
but now I use Lathi's textbook as a reference.
Lathi's has better explanation everall, especially convolution chapter.
One note of caution: If you are not well versed in filter basics, converting circuits from time to other domains (in particular, laplace and fourier transforms), bode/pole-zero plots or fourier series, expect to have a lot of difficulty with this book as the short introductions to these concepts are very difficult to grasp without prior experience with them. I found myself referring back to my circuit analysis and calculus books constantly for clues to help me read this.
I do have one complaint about this book: In my opinion the chapters do not contain enough information to allow you to confidently solve the chapter exercise problems. Even worse, there are no back-of-the-book answers so you often have no idea if you're doing anything correctly. The solutions manual is also pretty much impossible to find for this version so a lot of the exercises involve either looking in other books for answers or blindly shooting in the dark.
That said, I definitely think that this book is a keeper for anyone planning on pursuing a career involving signals, communications or controls.
The reason I give this book a 4 star is because some of the worked examples skip some very trivial steps. Although as an EE, I should know what is happening, but sometimes recalling basic concepts and ideas become non-trivial. Also, not all the answers of the exercises are given - only random ones. This is more of personal preference but I think it would have been helpful if all the odd answers were given.
Nonetheless, this book is definitely a keeper.