Math Digest

Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Claude E. Shannon (1916-2001)," by Solomon W. Golomb. Science, 20 April 2001.

This is a one-page retrospective on the life of Claude Shannon---a pioneer in digital communication. Golomb writes that, "It is no exaggeration that Claude Shannon was the Father of the Information Age and his intellectual achievement one of the greatest of the 20th century." Shannon's achievements were honored by many awards, including the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1966. He died on February 24, 2001.

See also "Claude Shannon, Mathematician, Dies at 84," by George Johnson, New York Times, 27 February 2001.

--- Mike Breen