Welcome to the home page of MIT subject 6.050J / 2.110J Information, Entropy and Computation (formerly called Information and Entropy).
The next scheduled offering is Spring 2017.
MIT students may sign up for either number 6.050J or 2.110J.
Not offered: Spring 2011 2012
Most recent offering: Spring 2016
The Notes from Spring 2014 will be used in 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
This subject is being developed at MIT jointly by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The first offering of this subject under its permanent numbers, 6.050J and 2.110J, was in Spring 2003. It is designed for MIT freshmen. To fit their constrained schedules, it gives 9 units of credit (formerly 6 units; at MIT most courses are 12 units). It is elective: although not required in any major, the concepts learned are useful in many technical areas.
A brief overview of the objectives of this project is contained in the Preface to the notes.
Presentations about the project have been given at the National Electrical Engineering Department Heads Association Annual Meeting, Destin, FL, March, 1999 (presentation), at the Complexity in Engineering Conference, Cambridge, MA, November, 1999 (presentation), and at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association, Coronado, CA, March 2008 (prepared spoken version, presentation).
As far as is known, a course like this is not offered at other universities today. Many universities have research groups that deal with the general topics of information, entropy, quantum theory and thermodynamics, sometimes together, and usually offer courses at a more advanced level.