Book Review: A Mind at Play


Check out the book, Mind at Play, as reviewed on the Word Dreams blog.

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A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information AgeA Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

by Jimmie Sonni and Rob Goodman

5/5

Despite likely being the most brilliant man you’ve never heard of with the most comprehensive unknown impact on the advancement of technology, Claude Shannon, star of Jimmie Sonni and Rob Goodman’s A Mind at Play (Simon and Schuster 2017), was by all accounts a normal kid through high school and college. Sure, he could send Morse code with his body (you’ll have to read the book to see how that’s accomplished) and he had a passion for solving complex math problems most people couldn’t even read, but that changed when he was discovered by a string of mentors who helped him focus his intellect.

“…who could neither explain himself to others nor cared to.”

It didn’t hurt that he lived contemporaneously with such brilliant minds as Alan Turing, George Boole (of Boolean Logic…

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