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A Mind at Play: Claude Shannon bio - Soni & Goodman
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:03:23 PM »
This is coming out soon, so I figured it probably should have its own thread to bring attention to it.

https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Play-Shannon-Invented-Information-ebook/dp/B01M5IJN1P/

Here's an except:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/history/a-man-in-a-hurry-claude-shannons-new-york-years
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Re: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 08:16:14 AM »
I was lucky enough to get a copy, I'll be letting everyone here know what I think of it when I've read it:

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Re: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 08:36:41 AM »
I was lucky enough to get a copy, I'll be letting everyone here know what I think of it when I've read it:



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Re: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 08:52:25 AM »
It's better to be lucky than to be good  8)
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Re: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 10:11:38 AM »
“Our space probes still tethered to the Earth with thin cords of 0′s and 1′s.” (That’s good writing!)
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Re: A Mind at Play: Claude Shannon bio - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 06:50:16 AM »
I'm about 60 pages in and liking it so far. Very interesting to learn about pre-digital computers and how they could do fairly complex calculus simply be internally reproducing analogs to real world phenomenon with spinning discs and ball bearings and such.

There's a funny anecdote about how Shannon was almost prevented from taking a flying class as a student at MIT because his professors recognized how special a genius he was and they didn't think it was a good idea to put his life at risk :)

I also find it fascinating that Shannon and Turing met during the war, but couldn't really talk about what they were working on because it was so classified. Both of them together basically had all the theoretical pieces for digital computers.
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Re: A Mind at Play: Claude Shannon bio - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 06:59:22 AM »
btw, the book came out yesterday, for those who were waiting to order it.
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Re: A Mind at Play: Claude Shannon bio - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 08:39:53 AM »
Thanks. Put it on my e-reader for the upcoming vacation. Looking forward to reading it.
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Re: A Mind at Play: Claude Shannon bio - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2017, 07:24:46 AM »
Even more stuff on Shannon:

https://medium.com/the-mission/10-000-hours-with-claude-shannon-12-lessons-on-life-and-learning-from-a-genius-e8b9297bee8f

The authors of the book wrote about their 5 years reseraching him and 12 lessons they learned from him.

Also, there's a review by Vin Cerf (co-inventor of TCP/IP protocol on which the internet is built) here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v547/n7662/full/547159a.html?foxtrotcallback=true
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Re: A Mind at Play: Claude Shannon bio - Soni & Goodman
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2017, 06:42:57 AM »
Really enjoying the book so far. About halfway through and it's well-written and well-researched.

The authors did an AMA on reddit about the book and the research on Claude Shannon:

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6pa11p/we_spent_5_years_studying_claude_shannonthe/
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