A Mind at Play

A Mind at Play

How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"The life and times of one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century: Claude Shannon--the architect of the Information Age, whose insights stand behind every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loaded. Claude Shannon was a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant tinkerer, and a digital pioneer. He constructed a fleet of customized unicycles and a flamethrowing trumpet, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots. He also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called 'the Magna Carta of the Information Age.' His discoveries would lead contemporaries to compare him to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. His work anticipated by decades the world we'd be living in today--and gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to bring that world to pass. In this elegantly written, exhaustively researched biography, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman reveal Claude Shannon's full story for the first time. It's the story of a small-town Michigan boy whose career stretched from the era of room-sized computers powered by gears and string to the age of Apple. It's the story of the origins of our digital world in the tunnels of MIT and the 'idea factory' of Bell Labs, in the 'scientists' war' with Nazi Germany, and in the work of Shannon's collaborators and rivals, thinkers like Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Vannevar Bush, and Norbert Wiener. And it's the story of Shannon's life as an often reclusive, always playful genius. With access to Shannon's family and friends, A Mind at Play brings this singular innovator and creative genius to life."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476766683
Branch Call Number: 003.54092 SH191S 2017
Characteristics: xv, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Goodman, Rob - Author


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Apr 14, 2018

Talks about the history of the information age. If interested to learn about its history, worth reading.

Feb 26, 2018

Waited for this book at least 6 months. This book is worth waiting for. Not only it dispel the info that CS won the Noble prize (it is different Nobel Prize, not that Nobel Prize), it also show the bad judgment of not including one of human highest achievement, math in the Noble list. Well, CS biography is very interesting. As someone who try to study Boolean Algebra to analyse switching/electrical relays, I really enjoyed the story of how CS master thesis was greeted to the math and engineering world in the 40s. By 70s and 80s it has become a basic knowledge and heavily used. Then Shannon moved on to a topic that seems to be a result of his mentor's idea to open up new filed of inquiry to this great mind: Genetics. Unfortunately VB idea did not turn the same result as the briloliance and usefulness of Shannon's use of Boolean Alggebra. Luckily his paper that started in Princeton's Institute of Advanced Study on Math Theory of Communication created a big stir and open up a new Mat and EE new filed and made CS a somebody, whose idea is and will be remembered for a long time.


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