Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


MIDAS Seminar

A MIND AT PLAY: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman


 
Friday, September 22, 2017
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Rackham Amphitheatre

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About the Event

A MIND AT PLAY: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman (Simon & Schuster, July 18, 2017) is the full story of the life and times of Claude Shannon (1916-2001)—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 a fleet of customized unicycles and a flame-throwing trumpet, 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.” His discoveries would lead contemporaries to compare him to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. His work anticipated by decades the world we’d be living in today—and gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to bring that world to pass. With access to Shannon’s family and friends, as well as a wealth of published and unpublished documents, Soni and Goodman reveal Claude Shannon’s full story for the first time, and bring this singular innovator and creative genius to life.

Biography

Jimmy Soni is an author and editor. He has worked as an editor at The New York Observer and The Washington Examiner. He has worked as a speechwriter, and his writing and commentary have appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, and CNN. He is a graduate of Duke University and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30. With Rob Goodman, he is the coauthor of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar and A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age. Rob Goodman is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University and a former congressional speechwriter. He has written for Slate, The Atlantic, Politico Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His scholarly work has appeared in History of Political Thought, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. With Jimmy Soni, he is the coauthor of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar and A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age.

Additional Information

Contact: Alison M. Martin

Phone: (734) 615-8945

Email: aalison@umich.edu

Sponsor(s): MIDAS

Faculty Sponsor: Al Hero

Open to: Public

Web Page: http://midas.umich.edu/event/midas-seminar-jimmy-soni-rob-goodman-authors-of-a-mind-at-play-how-claude-shannon-invented-the-information-age/