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Information Science Hardcover – April 16, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0691124186 ISBN-10: 0691124183

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691124183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691124186
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2006 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Computer & Information Science, Association of American Publishers

"This is a fascinating and enjoyable book to read. It is clear throughout the book that David Luenberger is an experienced teacher who has put careful thought into his writing. He wrote and uses this book for a course in the Dept. of Engineering--Economic Systems and Operations Research at Stanford University. The students range from sophomores to graduate students, and the book is very readable for students at all of these levels."--Susan Kelly, The UMAP Journal

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"This original, integrative book is a tour de force, unique in content and presentation. The author has achieved the goal that all academics should strive for: the ability to develop and explain complex ideas in the simplest way without compromising theory or being simplistic."--Sharan Jagpal, Rutgers University

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Information Science, a highly interdisciplinary work, delivers a beautiful and unifying structure of the subject in a timely manner. Audience from any academic discipline in science and engineering, business and economics, and statistics and finance will be able to obtain additional insight from yet another perspective--the missing piece in your jigsaw puzzle. With entertaining historical anecdotes and enlightening modern examples, Stanford Professor David G. Luenberger builds his book around the five 'E's' of information: Entropy, Economics, Encryption, Extraction, and Emission. Each area directly underpins, drives, or builds modern information products, services, and technology--from compressed music/photo to digital cash, pricing economics to bundled marketing, database systems to communication networks. Featured by the author's lucid and precise writing style, the presentation is logical, coherent and pedagogically sound! Professor Luenberger's Information Science most successfully embraces many varying and disperse (yet extremely important) concepts and structures in (but not limited to) e-Business models and IT innovations into Science and Management. It's a must-read for any student and scholar who are ready to compete and thrive in the today's information era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chad R. Bhatti on January 23, 2010
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Definitely worth a read for a wide audience - anyone interested in the storage and processing of data (applied mathematicians, computer scientists, electrical engineers, and statisticians). Also, it could be used for an interesting topics course in the mathematical sciences as low as the sophomore or junior level (as it is at Stanford). One particularly nice aspect of the book is that it provides a clear, basic introduction to the core concepts in each core area of information science. Since he approaches the subject from several points-of-view, Luenberger provides a well-rounded introduction that will motivate readers in one discipline to learn a little more about an ancillary discipline.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jens Christiansen on May 18, 2013
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This book is highly readable, very informative, and actually hard to put down, which is not that common for science literature.. I'm a math student myself, but didn't study discrete math, algorithms or other core subjects of info science. So for my purposes this book was perfect.

I would say Luenberger is my favorite science author. I thoroughly recommend his other books as well.
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