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Coding and Redundancy

Man-Made and Animal-Evolved Signals

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$56.50 • £45.95 • €51.00

ISBN 9780674027954

Publication Date: 05/31/2008


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

25 line illustrations, 14 tables


[Coding and Redundancy] will provide behavioral ecologists with new ideas about the mechanisms underlying communication, which may give fresh insights into signal evolution.—Redouan Bshary, Nature

Hailman employs numerous examples to make the case that coding patterns and redundancy in both animals and human signaling have much in common. The strength of this book lies in Hailman’s ability to support mathematical theory with specific examples based on his vast knowledge of animal behavior.—F. T. Kuserk, Choice

Eminently entertaining, this book blazes the trail for thinking about animal communication in a manner that will interest ordinary readers as well as specialists. Hailman classifies animal signals and compares them to an interesting diversity of human signals. The passages on human signals, like Morse code, and animal signals, like the wings of ducks, make for fascinating reading.—R. Haven Wiley, Professor of Biology and Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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