Originally developed by Claude Shannon in the 1940s, information theory laid the foundations for the digital revolution, and is now an essential tool in telecommunications, genetics, linguistics, brain sciences and deep space communication. In this richly illustrated book, accessible examples are used to introduce information theory in terms of everyday games like "20 questions", before more advanced topics are explored. The online MatLab and Python computer programs give hands-on experience of information theory in action, and PowerPoint slides provide support for teaching. Written in a tutorial style, with a comprehensive glossary and tutorial appendices on basic maths, this text represents an ideal primer for novices who wish to become familiar with the essential principles and applications of information theory.

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ISBN: 978-0956372857. Publication date: December 2014.