Claude E. Shannon: A retrospective on his life, work, and impact

@article{Gallager2001ClaudeES,
  title={Claude E. Shannon: A retrospective on his life, work, and impact},
  author={Robert G. Gallager},
  journal={IEEE Trans. Information Theory},
  year={2001},
  volume={47},
  pages={2681-2695}
}
Claude E. Shannon invented information theory and provided the concepts, insights, and mathematical formulations that now form the basis for modern communication technology. In a surprisingly large number of ways, he enabled the information age. A major part of this influence comes from his two-part monumental 1948 paper, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication.” We attempt here to provide some clues as to how a single person could have such a major impact. We first describe Shannon’s life and… CONTINUE READING

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