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/.
origin: 2012 Apr 09
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