The mathematical theory of communication. (English) Zbl 0041.25804

Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press. v, 117 p. (1949).
This book contains the following two contributions: Warren Weaver, Recent contributions to the mathematical theory of communication (1–28) and Claude E. Shannon, The mathematical theory of communication (29–125).
From the Preface (of the 1949 original):
Recent years have witnessed considerable research activity in communication theory by a number of workers both here and abroad. In view of the widespread interest in this field, Dean L. N. Ridenour suggested the present volume consisting of two papers on this subject.
The first paper has not previously been printed in its present form, although a condensation appeared in Scientific American, July, 1949. In part, it consists of an expository introduction to the general theory and may well be read first by those desiring a panoramic view of the field before entering into the more mathematical aspects. In addition, some ideas are suggested for broader application of the fundamental principles of communication theory.
The second paper is reprinted from [Bell Syst. Tech. J. 27, 379–423, 623–656 (1948; Zbl 1154.94303)], with no changes except the correction of minor errata and the inclusion of some additional references. It is intended that subsequent developments in the field will be treated in a projected work dealing with more general aspects of information theory.


94-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to information and communication theory
94Axx Communication, information


Zbl 1154.94303