Breaking Math Podcast

3: TMI (Information Theory)

Feb. 7, 2017

“ABABABABABABABAB”. How much information was that? You may say “sixteen letters worth”, but is that the true answer? You could describe what you just read as “AB 8 times”, and save a bunch of characters, and yet have the same information. But what is information in the context of mathematics? The answer is nothing short of miraculous; information theory has applications in telephony, human language, and even physics. So what is information theory, and what can we learn from it? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. Support this podcast: neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.