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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.
©2017 Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Lucid and fascinating...Soni and Goodman open an engrossing window onto what a mind hard at work can do." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Howlin' Wolf on 11-06-17

An interesting biography that also explains theory

I was interested in this biography primarily because of the ubiquity of Shannon's theories in my field, and found that this book mostly satisfied that curiosity with the more mundane biographical elements serving as entertaining asides. I wouldn't say the biography is particularly deep in either the personal or professional domains, but it was an easy listen that was deep enough for the casually interested person. The story goes off the deep end a little towards the end, but is still enjoyable.

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By Ibrahim on 09-19-17

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A life of a modest scientist and one of the greatest thinkers! I believe that every school should teach Shannon and Feynman biographies

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