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4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten masterpiece
This is probably the most imprtant book in the whole of communications theory. Although limited in some respects in what it achieved (it was surpassed by some later work by Kolmogorov et al.) this is still the fundamental text in its area. The reader will find that some of the terminology will appear somewhat arcane - a result of 40 years of the development of information...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the initiated
In this book, Shannon tries to convey the meaning and applications of entropy in communication on 100 pages (there are 20 pages of introduction by a Mr. Weaver). I believe Shannon wrote the book mainly for engineers, because the mathematical presentation is rather sketchy, and often you feel that he assumes that his readers have already some engineering experience in...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten masterpiece, 11 Mar 2003
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This is probably the most imprtant book in the whole of communications theory. Although limited in some respects in what it achieved (it was surpassed by some later work by Kolmogorov et al.) this is still the fundamental text in its area. The reader will find that some of the terminology will appear somewhat arcane - a result of 40 years of the development of information processing - but the content will more than maks up for it. It is a shame that this book has become largely forgotten.This book is truly a work of historical importance and a keystone in the developmemt of the communications industry.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal, far reaching, forgotten book, 26 Dec 1998
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Glibly referred to by anyone with a smattering of data and telecommunications savvy, few have ever read it. As usual with breakthru authors, their efforts get commercially applied and the insightfulness of the original work is closeted, where it can conveniently be academically referred to "what he said was..." (ellipsis filled in by whatever your professor used to characterize the book.) Shannon took an early art form to a rigorous science. This is the book reporting the method of the since-evolved science of data communications, and a good bit more. The fact that I am the first reviewer in this forum speaks eloquently of the paucity of readers and the concomitant large number of data communication experts who have ignored the now larger issues it discloses than the single commercial application of one of its conclusions. Read it. You will agree with me that focusing on the source rather than the sink (terms he coined) is the weakness of communication theory as currently modeled on Shannon's first, obvious conclusion. The development of the digital computer over the past five decades has opened up the way to harness the ideas that lie latent in this excellent, groundbreaking book.
Harvey B. Vedder ret Sr Data Comm Eng, Bell Atlantic us000483@mindspring.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal, although not accessible, read, 18 Aug 2010
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I use the mathematical theory of communication in every professional piece of writing I undertake. It underpins every edit to make sure the item remains as effective as possible. It's never let me down.

That said, this isn't an accessible read. There's a lot of maths here (although you don't need to follow it all to understand the basic theory), and if you're aged under 25 the communication terms may seem archaic. Although the terms date, and the numbers can be difficult, the theory itself, whether applied practically or theoretically, is timeless and easily applied to see effective results.

Read the theory, play around with it, and don't be afraid to Google the complicated bits.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the initiated, 29 Jun 2013
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In this book, Shannon tries to convey the meaning and applications of entropy in communication on 100 pages (there are 20 pages of introduction by a Mr. Weaver). I believe Shannon wrote the book mainly for engineers, because the mathematical presentation is rather sketchy, and often you feel that he assumes that his readers have already some engineering experience in communication. Entropy and related concepts (channel capacity, redundancy, ...) really become meaningful to the reader only if they are applied to practical examples. The book is a bit uneven in this respect, because sometimes Shannon provides the examples, and sometimes he doesn't. I found this book an interesting but tough read, asking a lot of extra pencil-and-paper labour from me. Some quantities (e. g. the symbol length) are designated by different letters in different chapters, which I found confusing. The writing itself is very clear and pleasant. I would say, as a stand-alone introductory text the book is too sketchy.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuble information for book report, 2 Mar 1999
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The work of Shannon and Weaver was good. Maybe this book should be used in more classrooms as text book.
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