Sale 22BP01 | Lot 147

[COMPUTERS] SHANNON, C.[LAUDE] E.[LWOOD]. A mathematical theory of communication. Monograph B-1598.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
[COMPUTERS]  SHANNON, C.[LAUDE] E.[LWOOD]. A mathematical theory of communication. Monograph B-1598.

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Lot 147
[COMPUTERS] SHANNON, C.[LAUDE] E.[LWOOD]. A mathematical theory of communication. Monograph B-1598.
New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, [1948]. First separate edition (contemporaneous with or shortly following the periodical appearance in The Bell System Technical Journal), likely first issue (with a blank leaf between p. 46--itself blank--and p. 47, and with no reissue date inside the rear cover). Original stapled gray wrappers printed in black and blue, hole-punched as issued. 8 1/2 x 11 inches (28 x 21 cm); 1-46, [ii--blank], 47-80 pp. Some toning and light wear to covers, small crease to the rear cover, internally clean.

The foundations of information theory are articulated in this seminal paper, which also appeared in two parts in volume 27 of the Bell System Technical Journal, numbers 3 and 4, published the same year. The blank leaf noted above appears between the two parts of the paper; it does not appear to exist in later printings. Quickly recognized as a major contribution to the mathematics of information (the word "bit" for a unit of information first appears in print here), the work was republished in book form in 1949. Annals of the History of Computing 6, 152-55; Hook & Norman Origins of Cyberspace 880; Mount & List Milestones 65.


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