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Department of Mechanical Engineering

6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation –
Spring 2009


Unit 6: Communications
Schedule
Lecture 
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009, 1:00 PM 
Room 36153 
Recitation 
Thursday, Mar 12, 2009, 1:00 PM 
Room 36153 
Lecture Handouts
Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick them up in
Room 38344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J
Web site
http://mtlsites.mit.edu/Courses/6.050.
Reading Assignment
Resources
Technical

Claude E. Shannon, "A Mathematical Theory of Communication," Bell System
Technical Journal, vol. 27, pp. 379423 (Part I), 623656 (Part II); July
and October, 1948. These seminal papers are available in several forms
(see
bibliographic
notes)

PDF
version of original papers, with corrections but without Shannon's
1949 modifications

Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver, "The Mathematical Theory of
Communication," University of Illinois Press, Urbana, IL; 1949, with
later editions 1963 and 1998 (incorporating a number of modifications and
corrections by Shannon)

Claude E. Shannon, "A Mathematical Theory of Communication," 50th
Anniversary Edition, printed for the 1998 IEEE International Symposium on
Information Theory, MIT, Cambridge, MA; August 1621, 1998 (based on 1949
book, with corrections)

Reprinted in D. Slepian, editor, Key Papers in the Development of
Information Theory, IEEE Press, New York; 1974

Reprinted in N. J. A. Sloane and A. D. Wyner, editors, Claude Elwood
Shannon: Collected Papers, IEEE Press, New York; 1993

ISO/OSI
Network Model

Charles L. Hedrick,
Introduction
to the Internet Protocols; 1987

IP version 6, and related
specifications
Historical
General Technical Books
There are many excellent texts on communications, most of which assume a
familiarity with mathematics beyond introductory calculus. Almost all cover
Shannon's work, and some also discuss feedback error control techniques.

Thomas M. Cover and Joy A. Thomas, "Elements of Information Theory," John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1991. Aimed at university seniors
and firstyear graduate students. One of several excellent books of that
era. Professor Cover, at Stanford University, is one of the leaders in
Information Theory

Allan R. Hambley, "An Introduction to Communication Systems," Computer
Science Press; 1990. Discussion of various types of error control coding,
including FEC (Forward Error Correction) and ARQ (Automatic Repeat Query)
techniques, pp. 427  479.

Robert G. Gallager, "Information Theory and Reliable Communications," John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1968. One of the early textbooks,
designed for firstyear graduate students, by one of the pioneers in
communications, an MIT faculty member, later awarded the IEEE Medal of
Honor, its most prestigious award

Simon Haykin, "Communication Systems," 4th edition, John Wiley and Sons,
Inc.; 2001.

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
Help Wanted
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