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Claude Shannon

Vikrant Duggal
Vikrant Duggal
• 1 min read

I watched the Bit Player on Curiosity Stream over the weekend. Prior to watching the documentary I only knew Shannon because of his connection to the the researches from the Pet3rpan essay I read last week. I wasn't area of his ties to both the information theory and the crypto space.

Millions of people spend huge amounts of their day consuming the codes that Claude Shannon said there had to be. Information is everything to us these and today everyone carries Shannon in their pocket.

Anytime you or I store, process, or transmit information in digital form, every time we have saved a file on a hard drive, played a CD or DVD, spoken on a smart phone, sent an email, Tweet, or text, posted on Instagram; anytime we have done anything related to the wireless revolution, to the digital revolution, we are relying on the concepts in Claude Shannon's 1948 paper.

I'm planning on adding A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmi Soni and Rob Goodman to my reading list. Surprisingly, given the importance of Shannon in our current world I'm surprised there is only one biography given the amount of unpublished work he had.

If you read it before I get to it let me know how it is.

References:

A Mathematical Theory of Communication (Wikipedia)

Shannon's paper titled, A Mathematical Theory of Communication (1948), originally published in Bell System Technical Journal

Claude Shannon (Wikipedia)

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