A Mind at Play

A Mind at Play

How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Book - 2017
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Winner of the Neumann Prize for the History of Mathematics

**Named a best book of the year by Bloomberg and Nature **

**'Best of 2017' by The Morning Sun **

"We owe Claude Shannon a lot, and Soni & Goodman's book takes a big first step in paying that debt." -- San Francisco Review of Books

"Soni and Goodman are at their best when they invoke the wonder an idea can instill. They summon the right level of awe while stopping short of hyperbole." -- Financial Times

"Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman make a convincing case for their subtitle while reminding us that Shannon never made this claim himself." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Soni and Goodman have done their research... A Mind at Play reveals the remarkable human behind some of the most important theoretical and practical contributions to the information age." -- Nature

"A Mind at Play shows us that you don't need to be a genius to learn from a genius. Claude Shannon's inventive, vibrant life demonstrates how vital the act of play can be to making the most of work." -- Inc.

"A charming account of one of the twentieth century's most distinguished scientists...Readers will enjoy this portrait of a modern-day Da Vinci." -- Fortune

In their second collaboration, biographers Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman present the story of Claude Shannon--one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century and 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 the first wearable computer, 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." In this elegantly written, exhaustively researched biography, Soni and Goodman reveal Claude Shannon's full story for the first time. With unique access to Shannon's family and friends, A Mind at Play brings this singular innovator and always playful genius to life.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476766683
Branch Call Number: 003.54092 Shann -S
Characteristics: xv, 366 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Goodman, Rob


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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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