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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who invented the telegraph?

2. What did Alan Turing reduce human thought to?

3. What did the written language provide that helped to progress the intellect of mankind?

4. Eliminating noise in Shannon's model meant looking at language in terms of what factor?

5. What did Shannon call the units of information that he was able to measure in a message?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who invented the telegraph and what is its fundamental functionality?

2. What was the purpose of Cawdrey's wordbook, "A Table Alphabeticall?"

3. What was the purpose behind the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary?

4. What did Claude Shannon create from examining the statistical makeup of the English language?

5. What impact did the electric telegraph have on the world?

6. What advanced form of communication was beginning to emerge in the 1840s?

7. By the 1930s the telephone had replace the telegraph as the most advanced means of communication. What advantages did the telephone have over the telegraph?

8. How was binary code of 0s and 1s which is the foundation for computing first conceived and by whom?

9. What were the two stages of a "bit" as conceived by Claude Shannon?

10. What innovation was made in the 17th century by Scot mathematician John Napier?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the various theories on entropy. How was entropy important to information theory?

Essay Topic 2

What were early theories about genetics? What are genes? What were the opinions and theories on genes expressed by zoologist Richard Dawson in his book, "The Selfish Gene"?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Norbert Weiner's views on the work and theories of Claude Shannon. Explain the circumstances under which Weiner coined the phrase "cybernetics". What was George Miller's observation on the capacity for the human mind to retain information?

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