> The seminal introductory work for me was the Undergraduate text > "Coding and Information Theory", by the late Richard W. Hamming, > 1980, ISBN 0-13-139139-9 (perhaps one of the 1st books to have > an ISBN number
Hardly, they date from 1970. Also, it's "ISBN" not "ISBN number".
-- When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting