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# The Mathematical Theory of Communication

Scientific knowledge grows at a phenomenal pace--but few books have had as lasting an impact or played as important a role in our modern world as

*The Mathematical Theory of Communication*, published originally as a paper on communication theory in the*Bell System Technical Journal*more than fifty years ago. Republished in book form shortly thereafter, it has since gone thro ...morePaperback, 125 pages

Published
1963
by University of Illinois Press
(first published 1949)

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*communication*will be used in a very broad sense to include all of the procedures by which one mind may affect another." I probably wouldn't have read this book if it weren't for the assurance of broadness given from the beginning. It was a quick read, and I was left with the feeling that part of my mind had been tidied up.

Nov 25, 2007
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Shannon's use of entropy in his theory is fabulous and an idea that seems as though it could show up in a Pynchon novel.

*Théorie Analytique des Probabilitiés*(1812)

Human communication is a dichotomy between chaos and statistical dependencies. Letters in words are, obviously, in some way dependent upon the previous letters in their sequence. These collections of letters congregate together in different combinations to form words and those word ...more

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Amazon 2009-06-18. Where it all started, communication networks-wise. Perhaps the last great work of amateur science (I forget where I picked up this conjecture), "amateur" here being defined as anyone without a PhD (as opposed to "gentleman scientists" of a bygone era, men like Darwin, Lavoisier and Porter -- although, as emphasized in astronomy, this era may be returning with the advent of high-powered workstations and diffusion of open source simulation software. Gentleman science is pretty
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The number-driven, engineer-focused theories in the latter half of the book were out of my range, but the first chapter alone blew me away and managed to quantify communication ideas we are struggling with right now.

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