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High Definition Cinematography, 3rd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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CHAPTER 10

Digital Imaging

10.1 The History of Digits

It is widely thought that one Claude Elwood Shannon, who died at the age of 84 in 2001, single-handedly laid the foundation for what became known as information theory, that branch of mathematics concerning the transmission of data in a digital form.

In what has been called the most important Masters Thesis of the twentieth century, A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits, published in 1938, he first put forward the notion that it was possible to solve problems simply by manipulating two symbols – one and zero – in an automated electrical circuit.

Later in his work A Mathematical Theory of Communication he first coined the term “bit” as the fundamental unit of information that ...

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