Re: book recommendation

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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:17:08 -0800

> I mentioned this book before, but now I want to explicitly recommend that
> everyone on this list read _An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and
> Its Applications, 2nd Ed._ by Ming Li and Paul Vitanyi. This is a graduate
> textbook published by Springer. The first chapter does a great job of
> reviewing the basics of probability/measure theory, information theory,
> and the theory of computation. The rest of the book deals systematicly
> with the subject of algorithmic information theory, which I am convinced
> must be central to any theory of everything.

It must be good. I've looked for it at the library half a dozen times
over the last three or four years, but every time it has been checked out.
I looked again today, and it won't be returned until April.

Maybe I'll have to go ahead and buy it. It's 50 bucks at Amazon. I just
wonder whether I would read it more than once.

Received on Fri Jan 15 1999 - 12:29:41 PST

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