Posted in Books: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Key Papers in The Development of Information Theory, Edited by: David Slepian
Probably no single work in this century has more profoundly altered man's understanding of communication than C. E. Shannon's "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", first published in 1948. Shannon observed that a great many communication systems can be represented by the block diagram shown in the frontispiece. He constructed simple mathematical models that describe the macroscopic functioning of these block, and studied how these models fit together. There resulted theorems of great power, elegance, generality, and beauty. They have shed much understanding on the elusive true nature of the communication process and have delineated its inherent limitations.