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DougInRB
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DougInRB   5/18/2015 12:17:59 PM
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One reason that Shannon could not be as productive today is because they've taken some of the fun out of being productive.  As I understand it, Claude and his buddy Ed Thorpe would go to Vegas and make quite a bit of money as they perfected the technique of card counting that is now illegal.  Didn't Shannon develop one of the first wearable computers to help even the odds in Vegas?

 

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C=B*log2(1+s/n)
Kevin Neilson   5/19/2015 1:53:52 PM
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Claude was a great character and brilliant.  So much of what I do is based ultimately on his work.  I'm not exactly longing for the days of the AT&T monopoly, but so many great things came out of Bell Labs.

I don't think I'll be reading this book, though.  "Chaos", by the same author, is typical pop-science literature:  a math book with absolutely no math in it.

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antedeluvian   5/20/2015 4:23:56 PM
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I read quite a good book on Bell Labs that covered this period and included some details on Shannon as well- The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation Paperback by Jon Gertner.

Recommended.

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