Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

He was born on planet Earth (Sol III) in 1916 AD, generally considered the father of the information age, he got the idea of channel capacity in 1948 AD Over the decades, mathematicians and engineers develop practical ways to communicate reliably at data rates in Shannon limit one percent.

As sometimes happens with acerbic not quite an encyclopedia entry of justice to the legacy of his body. The term “channel capacity” tasteless -refers at the maximum speed at which data can browse media without losing functionality. Shannon limit as it came to be known, differs from telephone cables son optical fiber, and absolute zero, or the speed of light, it is devilishly difficult to achieve in the real world. But they provide a means for calculating this limit may be less advantageous Shannon discoveries. First First, he introduced the idea that the information could not be quantified. in “mathematical theory of communication”, his legendary paper of 1948, Shannon suggested that data must be measured in bits of discrete values of zero or one. (Given credit for the invention of the word to his colleague John Tukey old Bell Telephone Laboratories, which developed as a contraction of “binary digit”).

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

“It would be trite to compare it with Einstein,” James Gleick, author of “information,” he told me before sending into temptation. “Einstein has an important place, and rightly so. But we do not live in relativity age we live in the information age. It’s Shannon, whose fingerprints are on every electronic device we own, every computer screen to search in all digital media. Is one of those people who can not change the world, after the transformation, the old world is forgotten. “old world as information Gleick modified” vague and unimportant “as something relegated to” information from the Office of the library “new world Shannon world, stately information. Information was everywhere. “Created the entire region from scratch, the head of Zeus,” said David Forney, electrical engineer and assistant professor of MIT ,. It became almost immediately a little sensation: scientists attempted to measure with birdsong and human speech bits and nerve impulses. (In 1956, Shannon wrote a dissenting editorial about this phenomenon called “train”).

Although Shannon works in analog technology, also it has some claim that the father of the digital age, whose origins date back only to 1948 article ideas, but also for his work, he published ten years early. Work nineteenth century melded Boolean Algebra George Boole (based on real and fictitious variables, called a binary zero), relay switches and electronic circuits. Computer and ancient historian Herman Goldstine hyperbolic considered “one of the most important works ever written,” arguing that “it changed circuits arts to science.” Neil Sloane, a former Bell Labs mathematician and co-editor Shannon collected documents and founder of the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, agreed. “Of course, the main work of Shannon was in communication theory, without which we are still waiting for telegrams,” Sloane said. But the districts, he said, seemed to have a great love Shannon. “He loved the little machine. He loved tinkering.”

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

For example, Shannon built a machine that was arithmetic with Roman numerals, by appointing THROBAC me, Thrifty Roman digital computer traditionalists. Built a flamethrower tube and Frisbee missiles. He built a chess machine that moved after his opponent, made witty remarks. Inspired by the late pioneer Marvin Minsky, artificial intelligence, suggested what was dubbed the Ultimate Machine: flip the switch to “On” and opens; out comes a mechanical hand that flicks the switch to “OFF” and retreats in the field. Shannon’s home in Winchester, Massachusetts (Entropy house, he called it) was full of gadgets and garages are contained at least thirty unicycles eccentric without pedals, one with square tires, especially for a remarkable built unicycle for two persons, among these questions tried to answer, which is the smallest unicycle anyone could go? “He had a few that were too small,” Elwyn Berlekamp, emeritus professor of mathematics at Berkeley and co-author of the paper last Shannon said. Shannon sat on the labor committee M.I.T. Berlekamp, and in return he asked Berlekamp Teach him to juggle four balls. “He said his hands were too small, which was true, they were smaller than most people when trying to keep four balls early,” said Berlekamp. But Shannon was able to master the technique and its continued further investigations Jugglometer. “It was a reality hacking,” said the philosopher digital Case Amber.
In 1960, however, as cunning hand machine Shannon withdrew. rarely contributed much in the field that he created, publishers. Still bored, time could be dedicated to the culture of great reputation, his character, that scientists tend to look. In 1973, IEEE named Shannon Price giving it to the man himself, at the International Symposium on Information Theory in Ashkelon, Israel. Shannon had a bad case of nerves, but rallied and spoke about the subtle feedback, then refiled the scene. In 1985, at the International Symposium in Brighton, England on Shannon prize went to the University of Southern California Solomon Golomb. As the story goes, Golomb began his lecture by telling a terrifying nightmare dreamed last night to deliver his presentation, which should be at the top, but Claude Shannon. And before Golomb in the body, and the first was Shannon. His return (including some juggling banquet) was a conference call, but it never happened.

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