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#OnThisDay in #TechHistory, Claude Shannon, known as "the father of information theory,” was born https://t.co/diTHvvNRuw

Claude Elwood Shannon, an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory,” was born on April 30, 1916, starting an 84-year life that would bring about the digital revolution. Shannon entered the University of Michigan in 1932, where he was introduced to the work of George Boole. He graduated four years later with two bachelor's degrees, one in electrical engineering and one in mathematics. The Michigan native then moved to the Boston area and began his graduate studies in electrical engineering at MIT where he worked on Vannevar Bush 's differential analyzer, an early analog computer. While at MIT, Shannon proved that Boolean algebra and binary arithmetic could be used to simplify the arrangement of the electromechanical relays that were used then in telephone call routing switches. He expanded this concept to prov...

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