The Mathematical Theory of Communication Paperback – 1 Dec 1949
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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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Harvey B. Vedder ret Sr Data Comm Eng, Bell Atlantic email@example.com
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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I would consider this essential reading for anyone in computing. It's value for practical computing and day to day programming and architecture, particular of distributed systems... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peter F.
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). Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2013 by L&H
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