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Claude Shannon born 100 years ago today

 
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Google is remembering Claude Shannon today, who came up with fundamental ideas that have to do with how computers work. He came up with information theory and the term "bit".

I learned about him in my first year at University (studying Electrical Engineering), when we had a class about information theory.

Claude Shannon: The juggling father of the information age who coined the term 'bit' (watch out: auto-playing video)
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:Google is remembering Claude Shannon today, who came up with fundamental ideas that have to do with how computers work. He came up with information theory and the term "bit".


Interesting. I'd never heard of him before.

I particularly like his "Ultimate Machine".

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If I remember correctly, he worked out things like signal to noise ratio too. The formula for entropy gain from a bit loss of information is the same as Shannon's formula for one bit: klogₑ(2) where k is Boltzmann's constant.
 
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