Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2008
Unit 4: Errors
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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
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 world 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.
Send your suggestion by e-mail during Spring 2008
to 6.050-staff at mit.edu.
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