- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: The University of Illinois Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252725484
- ISBN-13: 978-0252725487
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mathematical Theory of Communication First Edition (US) First Printing Edition
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The beauty of this edition is twofold. It includes two main parts. First part is by Weaver, and you don't need anything more than high school logic and algebra to understand the very clearly explained concepts. The second part by Shannon is 'the real thing' and for the mathematically educated reader, you need a fine grasp of probability theory, calculus, and a little bit of calculus of variations if you want to absorb all of the material.
To sum it up, if you want to really understand what entropy means in terms of information theory, then this is THE book for it. You'll also find very entertaining examples about the redundancy and entropy of the English language and how this relates to creating crossword puzzles in 2 dimension or 3 dimension.
You owe it to yourself to read this short book if you are a computer scientist, computer engineer or electronics engineer.