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SHANNON, Claude E. and Warren WEAVER (1894-1978). The mathematical theory of communication. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1949.

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SHANNON, Claude E. and Warren WEAVER (1894-1978). The mathematical theory of communication. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1949.

8o. Original plum cloth. Provenance: Robert Watson-Watt (1892-1973), inventor of radar, with his stamp "Dr. Robert Watson-Watt and Partners Ltd." on the front free endpaper.

FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. Shannon's paper (see previous lot) is reprinted here with minor changes. Also included is Weaver's "Recent contributions to the mathematical theory of communication," expanded from an earlier condensation published in the Scientific American (July 1949). Weaver's paper, written in three parts, consists largely "of an expository introduction to the general theory [of communication] 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" (p. v). The middle section of Weaver's paper is devoted to an interpretation of Shannon's mathematical work in the field of communication theory. A former professor of mathematics, Weaver was director of the division of natural sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1932 to 1955. In that position he was responsible for awarding Rockefeller grants covering a wide range of areas in scientific research. OOC 881.
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