Claude Shannon’s information theory built the foundation for the digital era

Born 100 years ago, Shannon devised the math that made computers powerful

equations for circuitry of electronic combination lock

Claude Shannon, born 100 years ago, devised the mathematical representation of information that made the digital era possible. Shown above are the equations he developed to mathematically describe how the circuitry in an electronic combination lock functions.

C.E. Shannon. "A symbolic analysis of relay and switching circuits." Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Vol. 57, 1938, p. 713. Adapted by E. Otwell

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