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Claude Elwood Shannon selected writings

Identifier: MC-0386

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This selection of Shannon's writings on subjects such as computers, communications theory, and telecommunications was made by Neil James Alexander Sloane and Aaron D. Wyner when they edited Shannon's collected papers for the publication Claude Elwood Shannon: Collected Papers (New York: IEEE Press, c1993). These papers were not published in that edition but were placed at MIT by the editors to complement the IEEE volume. The collection includes a complete bibliography of Shannon's writings.


  • Creation: 1940 - 1982


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Elwood Shannon, 1916-2001, B.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics, 1936, University of Michigan; S.M. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in mathematics, 1940, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), worked as a research mathematician at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1941 to 1956. While at Bell Laboratories, he helped lay the foundation for information theory. He was appointed professor of communications science at MIT in 1957. He retired in 1979 as Donner Professor of Science emeritus.


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Claude Elwood Shannon: Collected Papers, edited by Neil James Alexander Sloane and Aaron D. Wyner (New York : IEEE Press, c1993)

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