Communication Theory was born in 1948 with the publication of an article
titled A Mathematical Theory of Communication authored by Claude Shannon while
working at Bell Labs. Communications theory is a highly mathematical subject,
but has very practical applications.
In simple terms, Communication Theory says it is possible send information through a noisy
connection or channel essentially without error as long as the information is not sent too quickly. This
is a decidedly counterintuitive notion with sweeping repercussions. Consider sending a recorded video
image from deep space back to the Earth. Communication Theory tantalizes you with the
possibility there is a way to get a perfect copy of
what was recorded even if the signal is corrupted by noise along the way.
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