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Walter A. Rosenblith

Walter A. Rosenblith (1913-2002) served as Institute Professor and provost at MIT.

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This landmark volume, which remains influential today, is the result of an interdisciplinary, two-week international symposium on principles of sensory communication hosted by MIT in July 1959. This symposium brought together prominent neuroscientists, life scientists, physical scientists, and engineers who, in Walter Rosenblith’s words, “were willing to listen to neurophysiologists expound up-to-date neurophysiology, or psychophysicists talk about contemporary psychophysics, without being satisfied with their own version of the other man’s science.” The work presented forms the basis of much of the contemporary research in vision and perceptual science. First published by the MIT Press in 1961, Sensory Communication has been out of print and extremely difficult to obtain for many years. This reprint makes this valuable resource available again.

Some methods of processing data recorded from the nervous system as developed at MIT, with a chapter on random processes.

From the Preface:
"The methods that one employs in processing data, are, of course, intimately related to the substantive problems that one is interested in, to the models that one has formulated, and to the capabilities of the instrumentation that is at one's command. . . . Since there is little overlap between those who read neurophysiological journals and those who are interested in communications systems, we felt that it might be useful to provide material of common interest to the various branches of the Communications Sciences."

W. A. Rosenblith, M. H. Goldstein, Jr., W. T. Peake, C. D. Geisler, N. Y-S. Kiang, T. T. Sandel, J. S. Barlow, C. E. Molnar, T. F. Weiss, William M. Siebert, R. M. Brown, D. F. O'Brien