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Episteme

Foundations of Coding Theory

Editors: Hartnett, W.E. (Ed.)

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During the sixteenth century, Cardano wrote a fascinating work called The Book on Games of Chance. In it he gives an extremely candid recount­ ing and personal appraisal of some aspects of his most remarkable life. * One feature of the book is striking for the modern scientist or mathemati­ cian accustomed to current publishing practices. It is brought out during Cardano's discussion of his investigations of certain special questions of applied probability, namely, the question of how to win at gambling. His technique is simplicity itself: in fine reportorial style he reveals his proposed strategy for a particular gambling game, giving marvelous motivating arguments which induce the reader to feel warm, heartfelt support for the projected strategy. Then with all the drama that only a ringside seat observation can bring, Cardano announces that he tried the strategy at the casino and ended up borrowing his taxi fare. Undaunted by failure, he analyzes his now fire-tested strategy in detail, mounts new and per­ suasive arguments, and, ablaze with fresh optimism and replenished resources, charges off to the fray determined to now succeed where he had so often failed before. Along the way, Cardano developed a number of valuable insights about games of chance and produced useful research results which presumably would be of interest in our present-day society. However, he could never publish the results today in journals with all the flair, the mistakes, the failures and minor successes which he exhibits in his book.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Basic Problems of Abstract Coding Theory

    Hartnett, W. E.

    Pages 3-15

  • Basic Properties of Error-Correcting Codes

    Calabi, L. (et al.)

    Pages 17-36

  • Overview

    Hartnett, William E.

    Pages 39-40

  • A Study of Error-Correcting Codes, I

    Calabi, L. (et al.)

    Pages 41-59

  • A Study of Error-Correcting Codes, II: Decodability Properties

    Arquette, L. K. (et al.)

    Pages 61-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foundations of Coding Theory
Editors
  • W.E. Hartnett
Series Title
Episteme
Series Volume
1
Copyright
1974
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-2298-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-2298-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-0536-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-2300-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
236
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