Remembering Claude Shannon

The GMU Digital history project has an entry on Claude Shannon Remembering Claude Shannon. Below is my entry.

Submitted May 5, 2001, 3:20 PM

What are your most vivid memories of Claude Shannon?

I never met Shannon. However, some years ago I had decided that he would be intrigued by the progress I had made and sent him some of my papers. I got no response for a while until one day I got a phone call. It was from Betty Shannon, who said that unfortunately Shannon had Altzheimer's and could not respond. At that sad point it was clear that I was on my own...

How did Claude Shannon affect your own work?

Shannon's information theory dramatically affected my work. I entered graduate school looking for a mathematics to describe how living things work. I found out that I could use information theory to dissect what the molecules are doing in living things. Lots more information about this work is given at my web site, http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms/.

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chemistry, biology, molecular biology, evolutionary theory,
genetic engineering, sequence logos, information theory,
electrical engineering, thermodynamics, statistical
mechanics, hypersphere packing, gumball machines, Maxwell's
Daemon, limits of computers


Schneider Lab

origin:    2012 Apr 09
updated: 2012 Apr 09

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