WIENER, NORBERT. 1894-1964. The Extrapolation, Interpretation and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series with Engineering Applications. [Washington, D.C.: National Defense Research Council], 1942.

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WIENER, NORBERT. 1894-1964.
The Extrapolation, Interpretation and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series with Engineering Applications. [Washington, D.C.: National Defense Research Council], 1942.

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WIENER, NORBERT. 1894-1964.
The Extrapolation, Interpretation and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series with Engineering Applications. [Washington, D.C.: National Defense Research Council], 1942.
4to (227 x 177 mm). Original plain wrappers, custom cloth clamshell case. Restricted stamps to front wrapper and to title, some wear to spine.
Provenance: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory Document Room (stamp to front wrapper and to title), the lab at which the Wiener filter was developed; Christie's Origins of Cyberspace, February 23, 2005, lot 217.

FIRST EDITION, RESTRICTED ISSUE, number 148 of 300 copies. The Battle of Britain was raging when Wiener, then mathematics professor at MIT, petitioned chairman of the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) Vannevar Bush to be of service to his country. Wiener was soon after awarded a grant. He hired graduate student Julian Bigelow and the two set about to construct a mathematical model that would predict the behavior of enemy pilots for use by Army antiaircraft fire control. Among the ideas formulated for this work was a filter for signal processing later called the Wiener filter, which reduced the amount of noise present in a signal by comparing it with an estimate of the desired noiseless signal. Although the ideas were not well received when the resulting paper was issued, Wiener revisited them after the war when he wrote his groudbreaking book Cybernetics. Claude Shannon, considered the "father of information theory," wrote in his landmark paper "the Mathematical Theory of Communications" that Wiener's monograph, "contains the first clear-cut formulation of communication theory as a statistical problem, the study of operations on time series." Excessively rare, we can find only this copy in Rare Book Hub. Hook & Norman Origins of Cyberspace 990.

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  • THE WIENER FILTER.
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WIENER, NORBERT. 1894-1964. The Extrapolation, Interpretation and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series with Engineering Applications. [Washington, D.C.: National Defense Research Council], 1942.
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