Noise (Nick Hern Books)
ISBN: 1854593536
EAN13: 9781854593535
Language: English
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.23" H x 8.22" L x 5.78" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Hal Clement, the dean of hard science fiction, has written a new planetary adventure in the tradition of his classic Mission of Gravity. It is the kind of story that made his reputation as a meticulous designer of otherworldly settings that are utterly convincing because they are constructed from the ground up using established principles of orbital mechanics, geology, chemistry, biology, and other sciences.

Kainui is one of a pair of double planets circling a pair of binary stars. Mike Hoani has come there to study the language of the colonists, to analyze its evolution in the years since settlement. But Kainui is an ocean planet. Although settled by Polynesians, it is anything but a tropical paradise. The ocean is 1,700 miles deep, with no solid ground anywhere. The population is scattered in cities on floating artificial islands with no fixed locations. The atmosphere isn't breathable, and lightning, waterspouts, and tsunamis are constant. Out on the great planetary ocean, self-sufficiency is crucial, and far from any floating city, on a small working-family ship, anything can happen. There are, for instance, pirates. Mike's academic research turns into an exotic nautical adventure unlike anything he could have imagined.

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Kosko's latest book, Noise, wins in substance and writing style. This is popular science, as it should appear. Kosko serves up front surprisingly detailed prose and readable footnotes at the end. It is refreshing to see that you can start anywhere in the text and then go deeper into science at will by flipping back if you want the heavy artillery. Didn 't know that noise came in so many types and colors. Great read!
Then I had to fight every chapter in this book. It is clear that Professor Kosko enjoys noise so much, but he fails to make it interesting.
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Notice that the ratings split and that most low ones admit pretty early to quitting. Kosko has a deeper emphasis on aspects of noise that are close to his own research, which is what I want and expect. If you're looking for a popular biz-technobabble, this isn 't it. If you're looking for a classroom textbook on noise, complete with homework assignments, this isn 't it either. If you'd like a fascinating introduction to the theme of noise, self-contained but with plenty of references to dig deeper, this is the book for you.
   Light, Well Written and Very Entertaining
This is a very well written book on noise in our lives. I particularly like his definition of noise, it is the unwanted signals that impact our receivers. For most part, this is audio, and it depends on the situation. I'm sure that jerk in the car next to me with the booming heart-beat frequency music does not think that the racket he is imposing on the rest of us is noise. This is a popular science book type. It is written for the interested layman. He uses examples as examples from everyday life. For example, in his chapter Fighting Noise with Noise '', he uses the modern electronics noise cancellation ability to allow a doctor to hear the heart beat of a baby before it is born. In all, light, readable and very enjoyable.
   Little more than a rumble
This is one of those books that I picked up because I was fascinated by the theme, noise. Having a life-long aversion to all types of noise, which Kosko defines as a signal we don 't like, I was quite interested in what I had read at the bookstore after reading it. I was, however, quite disappointed, this book is quite bland and seems to leap from topic to topic and I really could not determine what angle the author was trying to take. This happens to be its downfall - it's a book in search of focus. Overall, I was greatly disappointed, as I had originally hoped that this would be an enlightening book in the end. It was little more than a noisy diversion on my list of books to read.
   Begins with a bang, ends with a whimper
My feeling is that Kosko knows a lot about noise and has a lot about noise, but is not well-prepared to write a book for the general readership. Sometimes a serious scientist would find this interesting. I certainly did -- and I am wild about science - writing. I give the Stephen Jay Gould, Loren Eisely, Edward O. Wilson, Sven Birkerts, Julian Jaynes, James Burke, William Irwin Thompson... reviews... but not this.
   Interesting Topic, Poorly Written
I received this book to learn about noise for my upcoming post-doctoral studies. Kosko glosses over certain topics that require much more explanation to understand fully, while going in-depth into other, more uninteresting examples in a redundant and boring fashion. He often throws rather complex concepts as if the reader must know what it is, which makes for such a bumpy ride. Do you know the difference between positive frequency and negative frequency? Kosko will assume that you do. I have been tempted several times to put the book down and give up on it. If you want a good Pop - Sci book, try James Gleick or Brian Greene.
   so I'm disappointed. I guess it's not the book's fault if ...
This book is not exactly what I expected, so I'm disappointed. I guess it is not the fault of the book if the reader expected something more gripping and interesting. As it is, it is really hard to get into it.
   I wanted to like this book....
I really wanted to like this book ''. For background, I have a background in electronics and have some knowledge about how DSP works. I found much of this book very difficult to follow, the author fails to define so many things that, by the middle of the book, I was unable to follow most of what he was saying. I would guess that someone will be COMPLETELY lost trying to read this book WITHOUT any previous experience with this topic. Bart is obviously a good guy, but not a smart writer.