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A Mind at Play Audiobook

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Ibrahim 09-19-17
    Ibrahim 09-19-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Paul D Lindgren 08-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating in-depth look at Shannon"

    If you are intrigued by the mentions of Shannon in "The Idea Factory" and "The Information" you will appreciate and enjoy the depth of focus upon his life, work, and play. But for him, were those really three separate things?

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    Robert F. Jones 08-07-17
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    Not as compelling as most biographies of brilliant people. I expected more details about information theory, but finished not knowing much more than when I started. Jumps around in time.

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    Rich Obrey Maine 08-03-17
    Rich Obrey Maine 08-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    Interesting life, well presented. As the authors write at the end, nothing near the name recognition of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, but those guys weren't going anywhere without Claude Shannon.

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