Harper & Row, NY, 1961, 305 pages, Illustrations, Appendix, Glossary, Index.
Condition: Very Good, hardcover in dustjacket, pictorial black & blue; some edgewear to jacket; prev. owner's name rubberstamp on textblock fore-edge. Binding is sound and secure, pages clean.
Categories: 1960's computers and computing, Computer Science, Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Mathematics, Programming and Programming Languages, General Programming, Philosophy of Programming
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Item DescriptionThe World & Theories; The Origins of Information Theory; A Mathematical Model; Encoding & Binary Digits; Entropy; Language & Meaning; Efficient Encoding; The Noisy Channel; Many Dimensions; Information Theory & Physics; Cybernetics; Information Theory & Psychology; Information Theory & Art; Back to Communication Theory; Appendix -- On Mathematical Notation.
'An uncommonly good study of the nature of communication, the concepts of information theory, the brilliant pioneer work of Claude Shannon, the relation of information theory to physics, cybernetics, psychology, art... the subject is subtle and complex... Pierce has met the problem head on by introducing the essential symbols and equations while defining and explaining their meaning every step of the way. In short, this is a self-contained essay which almost any thoughtful person prepared to concentrate can follow from the first page to the last...' (from the back cover reviews).