The mathematics of the compact disc

J.H. van Lint

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Abstract

Everyone uses compact discs nowadays. But why is the musical transfer to a CD purer than that of the traditional vinyl disc? The answer, to adapt a popular slogan, is: There is mathematics inside! More precisely, a branch of discrete mathematics, namely the theory of error correcting codes. This article is an account of the application of such codes to the design of the compact disc audio system, as developed by Philips Electronics and Sony.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics everywhere
EditorsM. Aigner, E. Behrends
Place of PublicationProvidence RI
PublisherAmerican Mathematical Society
Chapter2
Pages7-14
ISBN (Print)978-0-8218-4349-9
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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van Lint, J. H. (2010). The mathematics of the compact disc. In M. Aigner, & E. Behrends (Eds.), Mathematics everywhere (pp. 7-14). Providence RI: American Mathematical Society.