A Mind at Play
The Brilliant Life of Claude Shannon, Inventor of the Information Age
One of the key thinkers of the computer age, Claude Shannon worked as a cryptanalyst during the Second World War and his contributions to digital circuit design and information theory in the 1930s and 1940s made modern computing possible. This biography explores his life, academic achievements and influential personal projects, such as a maze-solving mouse (one of the first experiments in artificial intelligence) and the first design for a chess-playing computer.
Originating in a conference held in 2003 to commemorate the centenary of Frank Ramsey’s birth, and with an introduction by Professor Lillehammer, this volume of 10 essays discusses Ramsey’s philosophical work in relation to topics including universals; Wittgenstein’s theory of judgement; subjective decision theory; and success semantics.
Researching London's Houses
An Archives Guide
Researching the history of a house can be fascinating, but it is not always straightforward, especially in London where the maze of sources is complex. Written by an expert on London's built environment, this book provides a systematic guide to the available archives, including title deeds, local government records, rates and taxes, fire insurance and probate. Extensively illustrated with photographs and maps, it includes a brief history of London housing, and three case studies.
Secrets of Codes
'We are all proficient cryptoanalysts' writes Paul Lunde, and his entertaining and visually exciting book demonstrates how coded information pervades our lives, whether we are learning to speak or generating keys for digital encryption. This illustrated survey of how codes of every sort have been used to convey information - from early writing systems to cutting edge computing - investigates topics as diverse as the Rosslyn Chapel, Maya symbols and flag signals, cracking Enigma, mapmaking and the genetic code.
Entropy of Hidden Markov Processes and Connections to Dynamical Systems
Papers from the Banff International Research Station Workshop
The mathematics of hidden Markov processes (HMPs) can be applied to many kinds of noise-related technologies, from speech and optical character recognition to biomolecular sequence analysis. This collection of nine papers from a 2007 workshop at the Banff International Research Station covers the entropy rate problem, or measure of randomness, of HMPs, with reference to informational theory, dynamical systems, statistical mechanics and probability theory.