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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 5 Issued: 24 November 2009 Due: 4 December 2009, 6pm Linus Pauling and Respect for Elders When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him care- fully and with respect|but do not believe him. Never put your trust into anything but your own intellect. Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or has lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel laureate|may be wrong. The world progresses, year by year, century by century, as the members of the younger generation nd out what was wrong among the things that their elders said. So you must always be skeptical|always think for yourself." a a Excerpts from Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker , Edited by Clif- ford Mead and Thomas Hager, Oregon State University Press, 2001, ISBN: 0870714899. Santiago Ram on y Cajal and Respect for Intellectual Authorities Far from humbling one's self before the great authorities of science, those beginning research must understand that|by a cruel but inevitable law|their destiny is to grow a little at the expense of the great one's reputation. It is very common for those beginning their scienti c explorations with some success to do so by weakening the pedestal of a historic or contemporary hero. By way of classic examples, recall Galileo refuting Aristotle's view of gravity, Copernicus tearing down Ptolemy's system of the universe, Lavoisier destroying Stahl's concept of phlogiston, and Virchow refut- ing the idea of spontaneous generation held by Schwann, Schleiden, and Robin. a a Excerpts from Advice for a Young Investigator , by Santiago Ram on y Cajal, translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson, The MIT Press, 1999, ISBN: 0-262-68150-1. 1 Policy Statement We encourage you to collaborate, but only in a group of up to ve 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 e ort. Please write neatly and legibly, because if we can't read it, we can't grade it. Unless we explicitly state otherwise, you will receive full credit only if you explain your work succinctly, but clearly and convincingly. Typically, we evaluate your solutions for only a subset of the assigned problems. A priori, you do not know which subset we will grade. It is to your advantage to make a bona de e ort at tackling every assigned problem. If you are asked to provide a "sketch," it refers to a hand-drawn sketch, well- labeled to indicate all the salient features|not a plot generated by a computing device....
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