The following is a list of publications by the late Donald MacKay, formerly of the Physics Dept., Kings College, London, and subsequently Granada Research Professor of Communication, University of Keele. The list was prepared by Donald at some date in the sixties, and one copy was given to Alex Andrew. There are many later publications, since Donald remained active till his death on February 6, 1987. His later work was more specifically directed to neuroscience and in one of his obituaries the department he headed in Keele University is referred to as the Department of Communication and Neuroscience. Obituaries can be found in Nature, 2nd April 1987 (by H.C. Longuet-Higgins) and in Kybernetes, 16, no. 3, p. 189, 1987 (by A.M. Andrew).
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
D.M. MacKay, B.Sc., Ph.D.
This list does not include a number of Admiralty reports, semi-popular articles, broadcast talks, reviews, and the like. The Admiralty reports dealt entirely with electronics.
Multiple-pulse Generator for Synchronized Transmitter Systems;
J.Inst.Elec.Engrs. 1946, 93, 111A, 1199
high-speed electronic function-generator;
Nature, 1947, 159, 406
new aspects of high-speed oscillography;
Proc.Phys.Soc., 1948, 61, 235
Multiplication and division by electronic-analogue mehods;
Nature, 1949, 163, 650
Electronic Engg. 1949, 21, 249 and 281.
the Combination of Digital and Analogue Computing Techniques in the
design of Analyical
engines (20. 5. 49)
Mimeographed. (Reprinted as Appendix to ref. 42).
Aspects of Scientific Information;
Phil. Mag., 1950, 41, 289
(A more general presentation of the ideas in 7);
Proceedings of Information-theory Symposium, London, Sept. 1950
Lithoprinted 1953, Amer. Inst. Radio Engrs.
Nomenclature of Information-theory;
Proceedings of same Symposium as for 8. Also (revised) in
Proc. 8th Conference on Cybernetics (1951), Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York
Time and Information;
(As for 8 and 9).
Expansion and Compression Circuits.
Electronic Engg. 1950, 22, 284-5.
Thesis entitled: “The Application of Electronic Principles in
the Solution of Differential Equations in Physics”.
(University of London, 1950)
behaviour in Artefacts;
Brit.J. for Phil. of Science, 1951, II, 105-121, also III, 352-3, (1953)
Search of Basic Symbols;
Proc. 8th Conference on Cybernetics (1951) Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York
in Machines; (Third paper in Symposium);
Proc. Aristot. Soc. Suppt. 1952, Vol. XXVI, 61-86.
The limiting informational capacity of a neuronal link;
Bull. Math. Biophys. 1952, 14, 127-135; 15, 107.
of Information: “Communication Theory”.
(W. Jackson, ed.) 1953, 475-485.
effects of relaxation-time on the relative efficiency of binary PCM,
PIM and PPM;
Ibid, pp. 96-101.
Mechanism to Mind;
Trans. Vict. Inst. 1953, 17-32.
Aspects of some fundamental concepts of human
Synthese, 1954, 9, 182-198.
experiments on the perception of patterns modulated at the
EEG. Clin. Neurophysiol., 1953, 5, 559-562.
Comparing the Brain with Machines;
The Advancement of Science, 40, (March 1954); 402-406
also American Scientist 1954, 42, 261-268,
and Ann. Report of Smithsonian Inst., 1954, 231-240.
A high-speed waveform-sampling circuit.
Electronic Engg., April, 1955, 27, 160.
epistemological problem for automata.
Automata Studies, Princeton University Press, 1955, pp. 235-251.
behaviour in automata.
Proc. 14th International Congress of Psych., 1954, 204
speed electronic analoue computing techniques.
J.Inst.Electr.Eng. 1955, 102, 609-623.
measures of scientific information-content.
Methodos, VII, 63, 1955.
Man as observer-predictor, in Man in his relationships,
(H. Westman, ed.) Routledge, London, 1955, pp. 15-28
Advancement of Science, 42, p. 392, 1956.
an information-flow model of human behaviour.
Brit. J. Psychol. 47, 30, 1956.
Place of 'Meaning' in the Theory of Information.
Information Theory (E.C. Cherry, ed.) 1956, pp. 215-225.
Mind, 1957, 66, 390-394.
Brain and Will. The Listener, May 9th and 16th,
also (revised) Faith and Thought, 1958, 90, 103-115.
Theory and Human Information Systems.
Impact of Science on Society 1957, 8, 86-101.
Visual Images Produced by Regular Stationary Patterns.
Nature, 1957, 180, 849-850. (Oct. 26)
Further Visual Phenomena associated with regular patterened
Nature, 1957, 180, 1145-6, (Nov. 23)
Stabilization of Perception during Voluntary Activity.
Proc. 15th Int. Congress of Psychology, 1957, 284-285.
Visual Images Produced by Regular Stationary Patterns.(II).
Nature, 1958, 181, 362-3. (Feb. 1)
Stability of a Stroboscopically Lit Visual Field containing
Nature, 1958, 181, 507-8. (Feb. 15)
Counter-revolution in Physics. The Listener, April 10, 1958.
Complementarity II; Proc. Arist. Soc. Suppt. 1958, 32, 105-122.
Structural Information Capacity of Optical Instruments;
Information and Control, 1, 148-152. (1958)
the Logical Indeterminacy of a Free Choice.
Proc. XIIth Int. Congress of Philosophy, Venice, Sept. 1958.
41a. (Revised version of 41): Mind, 69, 31-40, (1960)
aspects of Intellect.
Proc. N.P.L. Conference on 'Mechanisation of Thought Processes'
Nov. 1958, pp. 37-52, (H.M.S.O. 1959)
Nature, 183, 246-7, Jan. 24, 1959.
*********************9-51, (1959) [Text not available due to damage to original]
Theory: Its uses and abuses.
Bull. Brit. Psychol. Soc. 38, 70-71 (1959)
processes in Visual Perception.
Sensory Communication (W.A. Rosenblith, Ed.) (M.I.T. & Wiley)
of large-scale nervous activity.
S.E.B. Symposium: Models & Analogues in Biology (C.U.P.) XIV, 192-198, (1960)
'rivalry' between stabilised and unstabilised retinal
Nature, 185, 834 (1960)
Simple Multi-Dimensional C.R.T. Display Unit.
Electronic Engg., 32, 344-347 (1960)
What makes a Question? The Listener, May 5, 1960, 789-90.
Informational Analysis of Questions and Commands.
Proc. 4th Lond. Symp. on Information Theory. (E.C. Cherry, Ed.) (Butterworths) In Press.
models of Space Perception.
Proc. Locarno Symp. on Biosimulation. In Press.
Continuous Averaging System using magnetic tape.
Proc. 3rd Int. Conf. on Medical Electronics, London, 1960
(Int. Federation for Med. Electronics) 99-102 (1960)
Indeterminacy and Freewill.
Analysis, 21, 82-83 (1961)
the Eye. (Fleming Memorial Lecture)
J. Television Soc., 9, 367-374 (1961)
of Intelligence (Abstract)
J. Inst. Elec. Engrs.
Proceedings of NTG Symposium on “Learning Automata”, Karlsruhe, 1961.
Science of Communication –
A Bridge between Disciplines.
Inaugural Lecture, University College of North Staffordshire, 1961.
[Inaugural lecture as Granada Research Professor of Communication; the College later became Keele University.]
Responses as Clues to Visual Organization.
Proc. Conf. On Cerebral Systems and Cognitive Logic. (Calif. Inst. of Tchnology) 17,*****
[Part of this entry is damaged; words “systems” and “cognitive” are partly guessed]
The use of
behavioural language to refer to mechanical processes.
Brit. J. Phil. of Sci.1962 (In Press)
Cambridge Opinion, pp. 10-13. Dec. 1961.
effects of non-redundant stimulation.
Nature, Vol. 192, pp. 739-740, Nov. 1961.
aspects of some fundamental concepts of human
(Shortened version of 20). J. of Communication, Vol. XI, No. 4, Dec. 1961.
Man as a
Faith and Thought, 91, 145-157, 1960.
in the Time Domain.
Proc. Chicago Conf. on Self-Organizing Systems 1962.
[The Proceedings are published as: Self-Organizing Systems 1962, edited by Marshall C. Yovits, George T. Jacobi and Gordon D. Goldstein, Spartan, Washington, 1962, with the paper by D.M. MacKay on pp. 37-48.]