6.050J / 2.110J Information and Entropy

Spring 2008

The Morse telegraph.
The Morse telegraph. (Image courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.)

Course Highlights

This course features an updated version of the course text, and a large collection of online and print resources for each unit.

Course Description

This course explores the ultimate limits to communication and computation, with an emphasis on the physical nature of information and information processing. Topics include: information and computation, digital signals, codes and compression, applications such as biological representations of information, logic circuits, computer architectures, and algorithmic information, noise, probability, error correction, reversible and irreversible operations, physics of computation, and quantum computation. The concept of entropy applied to channel capacity and to the second law of thermodynamics.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .ps.

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Prof. Seth Lloyd
Prof. Paul Penfield

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
2 hours / session



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