The Evolution of Applied Harmonic Analysis

Models of the Real World

  • Elena Prestini

Part of the Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis book series (ANHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Elena Prestini
    Pages 25-52
  3. Elena Prestini
    Pages 53-93
  4. Elena Prestini
    Pages 95-120
  5. Elena Prestini
    Pages 121-150
  6. Elena Prestini
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 325-356

About this book


A sweeping exploration of the development and far-reaching applications of harmonic analysis such as signal processing, digital music, optics, radio astronomy, crystallography, medical imaging, spectroscopy, and more. Featuring a wealth of illustrations, examples, and material not found in other harmonic analysis books, this unique monograph skillfully blends together historical narrative with scientific exposition to create a comprehensive yet accessible work. While only an understanding of calculus is required to appreciate it, there are more technical sections that will charm even specialists in harmonic analysis. From undergraduates to professional scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, there is something for everyone here.

The second edition of The Evolution of Applied Harmonic Analysis contains a new chapter on atmospheric physics and climate change, making it more relevant for today’s audience.

Praise for the first edition:

"…can be thoroughly recommended to any reader who is curious about the physical world and the intellectual underpinnings that have led to our expanding understanding of our physical environment and to our halting steps to control it. Everyone who uses instruments that are based on harmonic analysis will benefit from the clear verbal descriptions that are supplied."

— R.N. Bracewell, Stanford University

“The book under review is a unique and splendid telling of the triumphs of the fast Fourier transform. I can recommend it unconditionally…Her book is much to be applauded.”


“This is not simply a book about mathematics, or even the history of mathematics; it is a story about how the discipline has been applied … This book constitutes a significant addition to the library of popular mathematical works, and a valuable resource for students of mathematics.”

— MAA Reviews


Atmospheric physics Fast Fourier Transform Harmonic analysis fourier analysis harmonic analysis and climate change signal processing

Authors and affiliations

  • Elena Prestini
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di Roma—Tor VergataRomeItaly

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