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Unformatted text preview: EECS 20N: Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems Department of EECS University of California Berkeley Problem Set 1 Issued: 12 September 2009 Due: 18 September 2009, 5pm I believe that excessive admiration for the work of great minds is one of the most unfortunate preoccupations of intellectual youth—along with a conviction that certain problems cannot be attacked, let alone solved, because of one’s relatively limited abilities. Inordinate respect for genius is based on a commendable sense of fairness and modesty that is difficult to censure. However, when foremost in the mind of a novice, it cripples initiative and prevents the formulation of original work . . . Admittedly, certain concepts in science appear to be so complete, brilliant, and enduring that they seem to be the fruit of an almost divine intuition, springing forth perfect like Minerva from the head of Jupiter. However, the well-deserved admiration for such accomplishments would be considerably diminished were we aware of all of the time and effort, patience and perseverance, trials, cor- rections, and even mishaps that worked hand in hand to produce the final success—contributing almost as much as the investigator’s genius. a a Excerpts from Advice for a Young Investigator , by Santiago Ram´on y Cajal, trans- lated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson, The MIT Press, 1999, ISBN: 0-262- 68150-1. Policy Statement • You are encouraged to collaborate, but only in a group of up to five current EECS 20N students. • On the solution document that you turn in for grading, you must write the names of your collaborators below your own; each teammate must submit for our evaluation a distinct, self-prepared solution document containing original contributions to the collaborative effort. • Please write neatly and legibly, because if we can’t read it, we can’t grade it....
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