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Signals, Sound and Sensation

Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing

By William Morris Hartmann

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Format: Hardback, 668 pages, 1998. Corr. 5th Edition
Other Information: 271 black & white illustrations, 14 black & white tables, 271 black & white line drawings
Published In: United States, 21 October 2004
'"Signals, Sound, and Sensation" is of great importance to the hearing science community...If I were to give an advanced course, this is precisely the book I would recommend' - W. Dixon Ward, University of Minnesota. This is a unique book on the mathematics of signals written for hearing-science researchers. Designed to follow an introductory text on psychoacoustics, "Signals, Sound, and Sensation" takes the reader through the mathematics of signal processing from its beginnings in the Fourier transform to advanced topics in modulation, dispersion relations, minimum phase systems, sampled data, and nonlinear distortion. While the book is organized like an introductory engineering text on signals, the examples and exercises come from research on the perception of sound. A unique feature of the book is the consistent application of the Fourier transform, which unifies topics as diverse as cochlear filtering and digital recording. More than 250 exercises are included in this title. Many of them are devoted to practical research in perception, while others explore surprising auditory illusions generated by special signals. A working knowledge of elementary calculus is the only prerequisite. "Signals, Sound, and Sensation" will help readers acquire the quantitative skills they need to solve signal problems that arise in their everyday work. Periodic signals, a periodic signals, and noise - along with their linear and nonlinear transformations - are covered in detail. More advanced mathematical topics are treated in the appendices. In no other book are signal mathematics and psychoacoustics so neatly intertwined. Researchers and advanced students in the psychology of auditory perception will find this book indispensable.

Table of Contents

Preface.- 1. Pure Tones.- 2. Complex Representation.- 3. Power, Intensity, and Decibels.- 4. Intensity and Loudness.- 5. Fourier Series.- 6. Perception of Periodic Complex Tones.- 7. Delta Functions.- 8. Fourier Integral.- 9. Filters.- 10. Auditory Filters.- 11. Musical Measures of Frequency.- 12. Pitch of Sine Tones.- 13. Applications of the Fourier Transform.- 14. Correlation Functions and Spectra.- 15. Delay-and-Add Filtering.- 16. Probability Density Functions.- 17. Beats and Amplitude Modulation.- 18. The Envelope.- 19. Frequency Modulation.- 20. Modulation Detection and Perception.- 21. Sampled Signals.- 22. Nonlinear Distortion.- 23. Noise.- 24. Signal Detection Theory.- Appendices A - K.- References.- Index.


From the reviews "...of great importance to the hearing science community... If I were to give an advanced course, this is precisely the book I would recommend." W. Dixon Ward, University of Minnesota "Covers a wide range of topics in a clear, authoritative and easy-to-read style... [It] is intended to be used as a text for a second course in psychoacoustics ... Should be considered by anyone wanting to teach signal theory to students with an interest in psychoacoustics." Physics Today "...The book makes very clear the extraordinary complexity of the signal processing performed automatically and effortlessly by the ears ... [This book] is specifically aimed at readers deeply interested in the perception of sound. It emphasizes not only advanced psychoacoustic concepts and measurement protocols, but also provides masterly treatment of the mathematics of signals ... It is remarkably successful in its simultaneous exposition of the analytical, physical and perceptual aspects of sound and hearing ... This is a splendid book, well organized, copiously illustrated and pleasantly written." American Scientist "Signals, Sound, and Sensation" is of great importance to the hearing science community... If I were to give an advanced course, this is precisely the book I would recommend." --- W. Dixon Ward, University of Minnesota

EAN: 9781563962837
ISBN: 1563962837
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Dimensions: 24.43 x 16.56 x 3.99 centimetres (1.04 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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