Time Division Multiplex Systems in Bell System Technical Journal 20, 1941, pp. 199-221 [ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPPERS]

New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Co., 1941. 1st Edition. IN ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPS, the FIRST EDITION OF A PAPER CITED BY CLAUDE SHANNON “AS ONE OF HIS SOURCES OF THE SAMPLING THEOREM” (Butzera, Multiplex signal transmission and the development of sampling techniques” Applicable Analysis, January 2008, 1437). One year after publication of his seminal 1948 paper – a proof of his sampling theorem -- Shannon wrote that Bennett [in the paper offered here] had established “a result similar to Theorem 1 [his own sampling theorem]” (C.E. Shannon, Proc. IRE 37, 1949, pp. 10–21). Notably, Shannon’s paper – by any measure seminal – only cited ten other papers, two of them his own. Bennett’s paper, in other words, was one of only eight to make the cut. Note that we also offer this paper in its bound form.

“In the field of digital signal processing, the sampling theorem is a fundamental bridge between continuous-time signals and discrete-time signals. It establishes a sufficient condition for a sample rate that permits a discrete sequence of samples to capture all the information from a continuous-time signal of finite bandwidth” (Wikipedia). “Computer and information systems are prone to data loss… [Shannon’s] key insight was that data transmission is possible despite noise and errors if the data is encoded in some redundant way” (Arora, Protecting Against Information Loss: coding Theory, Princeton F13).

Claude Shannon was not the first scientist to propose or prove the sampling theorem (History of Physics: The Wenner Collection). In 1939, and while studying in Berlin, Herbert Raabe received his doctorate with a dissertation entitled ‘Investigation of Time Multiplex Transmission’ – a work whose thesis turned out to be a milestone in the development of sampling. Raabe had “independently proved the sampling theorem for multiplexed telephone transmission” (Wenner).

It is surprising that in 1941, only two years after Raabe’s dissertation and during the turbulence of WWII, Bennett, working not in Germany but in America at Bell Labs, was already aware enough of Raabe’s dissertation to cite it in the paper offered here, his own work on time-division multiplex systems. Just as Bennett cited Raabe, eight years later and in his seminal sampling theorem paper, Shannon would cite Bennett.

Bennet “applied the sampling theorem to multiplexed telephony systems, building on the work of Raabe” (ibid). Raabe and Bennett’s work differed only slightly. Both investigated crosstalk between adjacent channels, but Bennett carried this to a greater generality, using switching functions to suppress crosstalk and minimize bandwidth. “All in all, Bennett’s approach is more general but in the same spirit as that of Raabe. Both use Fourier series and periodic inputs and both compare switching with amplitude modulation. Bennett considers a general “switching operation” in which the signal is multiplied by a periodic function, represented by a Fourier series. Raabe speci cally considers a square wave and its Fourier series expansion, but goes on to consider band-pass inputs as well” (Butzer, 35).

Finally, and in 1948 “ Shannon published his famous paper ‘Communication in the Presence of Noise’ – “a proof of both the sampling theorem and the interpolation formula as one part of his broader development of information theory” (Wenner). In it, Shannon cites Bennett’s 1941 multiplex systems paper, this paper, as one of his sources of the sampling theorem. Item #1357

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