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An introduction to information theory

I found this book very difficult to read. The author, though obviously an expert and passionate about his subject, had a verbose writing style. This is probably  a reflection of the  era in which the book was written.   There is an extreme predilection to expression of the  philosophical aspects of the subject. This has the effect of distracting the reader from useful content. It takes a lot of effort to get to the message.  I acknowledge that messages are sometimes difficult and complex and require deep thought and repeated readings. However, I found my difficulty in no small part related to the writing style.

However, the book did provide me with richer historical insights into the development of communication and information theory, such as the technological limitations of telegraphy. I also found the theme of the relationship between human language and information and communication theory (with discussions regarding Zipf law) a wonderful window into the vibrant mid twentieth century that ultimately ushered in the explosive developments in computing, networking and the current information age.

Categories: books, Mathematics
  1. January 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Sounds like an interesting subject, I doubt I’ll be reading this one any time soon though.

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