#18: Claude Shannon – Story of Software Podcast

Padraig Coffey is joined by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman, authors of ‘A Mind at Play’ a biography of Claude Shannon, the Architect of the Information Age. 

In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman, authors of the ‘A Mind at Play,’ a fascinating biography, exploring the life and work of Claude Shannon, considered the Architect of the Information Age. 


Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software. The focus remains on exploring technology from an evolutionary perspective of trying to understand how what we know today came to be. We will continue to explore topics from the early dawn of software technology to the state-of-the-art today and what is envisioned to come next.


Claude Shannon – His Life, Work and Legacy

Claude Shannon laid the foundation for the digital and information age as we know it today. His insights are at the basis of how every digital computer is built, in how emails are sent, video is streamed, web pages are loaded.

Jimmy and Rob take us on a journey through the fascinating life of Claude Shannon – from his childhood, through his work on circuits and information theory, to his tinkerings – building a fleet of unicycles, the flame-throwing trumpet, rocket-powered frisbee. Tune in to join us on an adventure, as we explore a genius mind at play.


Claude Shannon’s work was largely inspired by the theoretical foundations laid by George Boole. For more of the backstory of George Boole, check out episode #7 of the History of Software podcast.


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