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A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
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Jimmy Soni Rob Goodman
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A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Jimmy Soni Rob Goodman


Simon & Schuster

Biography: science, technology & engineering;
Information theory;
Mathematics & Sciences;
History of engineering & technology


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Claude Shannon was a tinkerer, a playful wunderkind, a groundbreaking polymath, and a digital pioneer whose insights made the Information Age possible. He constructed fire-breathing trumpets and customized unicycles, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots, but he also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution. That work allowed scientists to measure and manipulate information as objectively as any physical object. His work gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to bring that world to pass. Now, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman bring Claude Shannon's story to life. It's the story of a small-town boy from Michigan whose career stretched from the age of room-sized computers powered by gears and string to the age of the Apple desktop. It's the story of the origins of information 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. 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 explores the life and times of this singular innovator and creative genius.

By:   Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781476766683
ISBN 10:   1476766681
Publication Date:   July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Terrific. A Mind at Play is fluidly written, thoroughly researched, and important. It brings to our attention the fascinating life of Claude Shannon, considered by his colleagues to be the Einstein of our information age. It is a story we should all know, and it is a read that you all will enjoy. --Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor (with Kai Bird) of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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