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6.050J / 2.110J Information and Entropy
Unit 4: Errors
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||Thursday, Mar 1, 2007, 12:00 PM
Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick up a copy in
Room 38-344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J Web site
General Technical Books
There are many excellent texts on coding theory and communications, most of which
assume a familiarity with mathematics beyond introductory calculus.
- John G. Truxal, "The Age of Electronic Messages," McGraw-Hill Publishing Company,
New York, NY; 1990. Aimed at providing technology and engineering exposure to
liberal arts students. Nonmathematical, with lots of great examples. Based on
material taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
- John R. Pierce, "An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals, and
Noise," Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY; 1961, 1980 (Second Edition).
Mostly nonmathematical, by one of the nation's great scientific contributors at
AT&T Bell Laboratories, who was also interested in reaching a general audience.
He was later on the faculty at Caltech. One of his interesting sideline activities was writing
science fiction stories under the pen name J. J. Coupling. He died April 2, 2002
at the age of 92.
- Robert G. Gallager, "Information Theory and Reliable Communications," John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1968. One of the early textbooks, designed
for first-year graduate students, by one of the pioneers in communications, an MIT
faculty member, later awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor, its most prestigious award.
- Thomas M. Cover and Joy A. Thomas, "Elements of Information Theory," John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1991. Aimed at university seniors and first-year
graduate students. One of several excellent books of that era. Professor Cover,
at Stanford University, is one of the leaders in Information Theory.
6.050J/2.110J students: be the first to suggest a resource, for example a useful Web
site or a good book or article, to add to the list above. If your suggestion is
accepted by the 6.050J/2.110J staff, you will get a $5 ice-cream gift certificate.
Send your suggestion by e-mail during Spring 2007
to 6.050-staff (at) mit.edu.
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