Walter A. Rosenblith

Walter A. Rosenblith (1913–2002) was Institute Professor, Chair of the Faculty, and Provost at MIT.

  • Sensory Communication

    Sensory Communication

    Walter A. Rosenblith

    Available again: a landmark collection on sensation and perception that remains influential.

    This landmark volume, which remains influential today, is the result of an interdisciplinary, two-week international symposium on principles of sensory communication hosted by MIT in July 1959. This symposium brought together prominent neuroscientists, life scientists, physical scientists, and engineers who, in Walter Rosenblith's words, "were willing to listen to neurophysiologists expound up-to-date neurophysiology, or psychophysicists talk about contemporary psychophysics, without being satisfied with their own version of the other man's science." The work presented forms the basis of much of the contemporary research in vision and perceptual science. First published by the MIT Press in 1961, Sensory Communication has been out of print and extremely difficult to obtain for many years. This reprint makes this valuable resource available again.

    Contributors S. S. Stevens, Gösta Ekman, J. C. R. Licklider, Frank A. Geldard, Irwin Pollack, Colin Cherry, Hallowell Davis, Lloyd M. Beidler, Hessel de Vries, Minze Stuiver, W. A. H. Rushton, Floyd Ratliff, Yngve Zotterman, H. B. Barlow, Clinton N. Woolsey, William D. Neff, Jerzy E. Rose, Leonard I. Malis, Charles P. Baker, Werner Reichardt, Wolf D. Keidel, Ursula O. Keidel, Malte E. Wigand, D. M. MacKay, Timothy H. Goldsmith, M. A. Bauman, Vernon B. Mountcastle, Sven Landgren, Carl Pfaffmann, R. P. Erickson, G. P. Frommer, B. P. Halpern, Patrick D. Wall, Raúl Hernández-Peón, Geoffrey B. Arden, Ulf Söderberg, Kenneth D. Roeder, Asher E. Treat, Yasuji Katsuki, A. Fessard, P. Buser, M. Imbert, Richard Jung, F. Bremer, Mary A. B. Brazier, Keith F. Killam, A. James Hance, Theodore H. Bullock, Burton S. Rosner, Robert M. Boynton, J. Y. Lettvin, H. R. Maturana, W. H. Pitts, W. S. McCulloch

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  • Processing Neuroelectric Data

    Processing Neuroelectric Data

    Walter A. Rosenblith

    Some methods of processing data recorded from the nervous system as developed at MIT, with a chapter on random processes. From the Preface:"The methods that one employs in processing data, are, of course, intimately related to the substantive problems that one is interested in, to the models that one has formulated, and to the capabilities of the instrumentation that is at one's command.... Since there is little overlap between those who read neurophysiological journals and those who are interested in communications systems, we felt that it might be useful to provide material of common interest to the various branches of the Communications Sciences."

    ContributorsW. A. Rosenblith, M. H. Goldstein, Jr., W. T. Peake, C. D. Geisler, N. Y-S. Kiang, T. T. Sandel, J. S. Barlow, C. E. Molnar, T. F. Weiss, William M. Siebert, R. M. Brown, D. F. O'Brien

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  • The Molecular Designing of Materials and Devices

    The Molecular Designing of Materials and Devices

    Arthur R. von Hippel

    "Nature designs everything from atoms; hence, we should be able to create any feasible kind of material and device with foresight, if we understood the Periodic System in all its implications. Yet—like weather forecasters—we find ourselves still members of the gambling profession." This was the tenor of the third summer session on modern materials research sponsored by the Laboratory for Insulation Research at MIT in 1963. Its program—organized by Arthur R. von Hippel, Institute Professor and one of the pioneers of modern materials research—ranged from the electronic structure of atoms and molecules to the design patterns and operating mechanisms of living systems. The participants came from a gamut of professions and the course seemed threatened by a confusion of tongues; instead, the two weeks of learning and debating proved so full of interest and enjoyment that the majority of the lecturers voted for a joint publication of their contributions. Thus this volume on The Molecular Designing of Materials and Devices joins its three predecessors (Dielectrics and Waves, Dielectric Materials and Applications, and Molecular Science and Molecular Engineering), already established as classics in their fields.

    This volume advances its theme in three stages: from the architecture of materials to the properties produced by structures and compositions and to the devices employing such properties with increasing sophistication. Since this vast panorama is conjured by twenty-five experts with highly individual outlooks, an extensive sruvey traces the problems and thoughts that connect chapter to chapter. The text is supported by a great number of illustrations, and a comprehensive index gives additional unity and long-range usefulness to the presentation.

    ContributorsAli S. Argon, David J. Epstein, John B. Goodenough, Shinya Inou鬠Thomas A. Kaplan, Hendrik A. Kasens, Helen D. Megaw, Erwin W. M? Heinz Raether, Gert W. Rathenau, Albert Rose, Murray D. Rosenberg, Walter A. Rosenblith, Heinz Schlicke, Francis O. Schmitt, James H. Schulman, John C. Slater, Alexander Smakula, Edward V. Somers, S. Donald Stookey, Morris Tanenbaum, Albert von Engel, Arthur von Hippel, Carl Wagner, Herbert Zeiger, and Clarence Zener

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