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# An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise

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Behind the familiar surfaces of the telephone, radio, and television lies a sophisticated and intriguing body of knowledge known as information theory. This is the theory that has permitted the rapid development of all sorts of communication, from color television to the clear transmissio ...morePaperback, 336 pages

Published
November 1st 1980
by Dover Publications
(first published November 1st 1961)

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Negatives: Though the math and equations never get beyond basic algebra and physics, some of the equations and the relationships between them lack clarity. Furthermore, due to the age of the text and despite some recent updates to particular chapters, one is never sure how out ...more

Proofs aren't included here, opting instead to explore a breadth of applications. After building the foundational concepts and vocabulary, Pierce leads us into relationships between information theory and physics, psychology, and even art. I was surprised at the how well the ...more

What made it truly interesting to me was the date of revision, 1980, before the big revolution in IT. In 1990 I still had to create a program in order to use a program. Reading this book was a bit ...more

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