The early days of information theory

@article{Pierce1973TheED,
  title={The early days of information theory},
  author={John R. Pierce},
  journal={IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory},
  year={1973},
  volume={19},
  pages={3-8}
}
  • J. Pierce
  • Published 1973
  • Computer Science
  • IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory
Shannon's communication (information) theory cast about as much light on the problem of the communication engineer as can be shed. It reflected or encompassed earlier work, but it was so new that it was not really understood by many of those who first talked or wrote about it. Most of the papers published on information theory through 1950 are irrelevant to Shannon's work. Later work has given us useful information and encoding schemes as well as greater rigor, but the wisdom of Shannon's way… 

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