Mathematician:Richard Wesley Hamming

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American mathematician best known for his work on error-detecting codes.

Thus he started a new field of study within information theory.




  • Born: 11 Feb 1915, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Died: 7 Jan 1998 in Monterey, California, USA

Theorems and Inventions

Definitions of concepts named for Richard Wesley Hamming can be found here.


  • 1942: Some Problems in the Boundary Value Theory of Linear Differential Equations
  • 1965: Logic By Machine
  • 1968: Calculus and the Computer Revolution
  • 1971: Introduction to Applied Numerical Analysis
  • 1972: Computers and Society
  • 1977: Digital Filters
  • 1980: Coding and Information Theory
  • 1980: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics
  • 1985: Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics
  • 1986: You and Your Research
  • 1991: The Art of Probability for Scientists and Engineers
  • 1997: The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn

Notable Quotes

The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.