I’ve got Information Theory and Coding as one of the theory courses this semester. Just out of curiosity, I downloaded Claude Shannon‘s famous 1948 paper, A Mathematical Theory of Communication, which is the foundation of Information Theory. To my pleasant surprise, I found it quite readable. In fact, I ended up using it as a supplement to the text! It’s such a great paper. No irrelevant algebra or proofs. And I find it exciting to learn directly from the words of the person who founded the subject!