6.050J | Spring 2008 | Undergraduate

Information and Entropy

Unit 3: Compression






  • Wilson, Geoffrey. The Old Telegraphs. London, UK: Phillimore and Co., 1976. ISBN: 9780900592799.  
    Describes several telegraph systems, in many countries, that predate electrical telegraphs.
  • Holzmann, Gerard J., and Björn Pehrson. The Early History of Data Networks. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 1994. ISBN: 9780818667824.
  • ———. “The First Data Networks.” Scientific American 270 (January 1994): 124-129.  
    Describes French and Swedish optical telegraphs, from the 1790s.
  • Standage, Tom. The Victorian Internet. New York, NY: Berkley Books, 1999, chapter 1. ISBN: 9780425171691.
  • Unisys/Compuserve GIF Controversy
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