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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (Dec. 1949)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252725484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252725487
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautiful example of a theory that unifies hitherto separate branches of physical science, and Dr. Weaver makes important suggestions as to how this unity may be extended to include semantics and pragmatics."--"Philosophical Review"
"This book cannot be ignored by anyone with direct professional concern with these applications and many applied physicists without this concern should, like the reviewer, find the book absorbing."--S. Whitehead, "British Journal of Applied Physics"
"Readers who are interested in language, communication, meaning, and related problems will find this monograph rewarding."--"Quarterly Review of Biology"

About the Author

Claude E. Shannon was a research mathematician at the Bell Telephone Laboratories and Donner professor of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Warren Weaver had a distinguished academic, government, and foundation career. Both authors received numerous awards and honors.


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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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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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By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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