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review 2018-11-10 09:45
Intelligence: "Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas R. Hofstadter


(Original Review, 1980-09-24)

Before we ask "Are dolphins intelligent?" we must ask "What is intelligence?" Doug Hofstadter, in his book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid", presents a way of looking at intelligence that is not as restrictive as most current definitions. (I highly recommend this book to anyone, by the way. It is published by Basic Books in hardback, and is worth whatever you may pay for it.) He makes a good argument for the claim that intelligence is a consequence of the complexity of organization of the nervous system of an organism.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-06 09:31
{ s(Q|X) = -K SUM(p*ln(p)) }: "Symbols, Signals and Noise" by J. R. Pierce
An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise - John Robinson Pierce



(Original Review, 1980-12-05)



Final answer to question, "How many joules to send a bit?"

The unit of information is determined by the choice of the arbitrary scale factor K in Shannon's entropy formula:

{ s(Q|X) = -K SUM(p*ln(p)) }

If K is made equal to 1/ln(2), then S is said to be measured in "bits" of information.

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-03 17:49
No Such Agency: "Cryptography - A Primer" by Alan G. Konheim
Cryptography: A Primer - Alan G. Konheim


(Original Review, 1981)



In the late 60's, IBM started a research project on ciphers that has produced a lot of good literature and several important cryptosystems. The effort concentrated on a family of ciphers that lent itself to high-speed implementation in hardware (one can imagine the fun second source memory manufacturers will have when the Series H uses an encryption protected fiber optic bus). In January 1976, one of these systems was adopted by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) as the federal Data Encryption Standard (DES) on sensitive but unclassified data.

 

 

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review 2018-10-20 18:05
def __init__(self, name): "The Art of Computer Programming" by Donald E. Knuth
The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4A Boxed Set - Donald Ervin Knuth


(Original Review, 2011)


Here's my code and a sample run attempting to find the shortest path from "Home" to "School":

class Location:
def __init__(self, name):
self.name = name
self.connections = []

def set_connections(self, connections):
self.connections = connections

def __str__(self):
return self.name

 

 

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