- Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 2nd Revised ed. edition (November 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486240614
- ISBN-13: 978-0486240619
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – November 1, 1980
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The book is geared towards non-mathematicians, but it is not just a tour. Pierce tackles the main ideas just not all the techniques and special cases.
Perfect for: anyone in science, linguistics, or engineering. Very good for: everyone else.
This is the ONLY book of which I am aware which attempts to present Shannon's results to the educated lay reader, and Pierce does a crackerjack job of it. Notwithstanding, this is not a book for the casual reader. The ideas underlying the theory are inherently subtle and mathematical, although there are numerous practical manifestations of them in nature, and in human "information transmission" behavior. On the other hand, this is a work which repays all effort invested in its mastery many times over.
However, the clarity of the presentation tends to obscure just how profound and deep the thinking involved really is. During the first reading, Pierce's insights made the material seem almost obvious. Later I would get doubts that such straightforward approaches could be correct, and then would think about the correctness of his assertions. This is why this is a great book, because it focuses on important stuff, and doesn't shy away from deep topics. This is a great book for those interested in the basis of information theory, on a side note Shannon's original papers are also quite readable.
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Hard to read. Not as in "too mathy" or "using complicated language", but just... hard to follow along.Published 2 months ago by Daniel
Was a gift for my boyfriend. He was so fascinated by the material he went and bought more books on similar topics. It's hard to get his attention now.Published 4 months ago by Amanda
As a "former math major" and a big fan of James Gleick's "The Information..," I was hoping to dig deeper into this field, but gave up before really reaching the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Quality Manager Guy
Excellent Introduction to ideas like information theory and entropy & a nice historical story about the early days of data transmissionPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the missing manual that neither Claude Shannon wrote nor even Warren Weaver, who wrote the kinder, nicer, gentler introduction/annotations to Infomation Theory. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan
Very good in-depth discussion of the subject. Very minor changes from the original edition. Worth the read for people with a bit of technical/mathematical background; yet not too... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dennis Tallent