APRIL 30, WE CELEBRATE INFORMATION AGE

Claude Shannon: The juggling father of the information age who coined the term ‘bit’

laude Shannon is often described as the father of the information age who created the term “bit”, short for binary digits. Had Shannon been alive on April 30, 2016, he would have turned 100 (or 1100100 if you prefer his age in binary).

His most famous work is A Mathematical Theory of Communication (1949) in which he introduced information theory, the branch of mathematics focused on transmitting digital data.

It was in this masterpiece that he coined the term “bit”, the fundamental unit of information which relates to digital certainty: true or false, on or off, yes or no.

Now to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, Shannon’s work and life is celebrated with a Google Doodle in which a cartoon Shannon is juggling, a reference to the juggling machines he built and his juggling on a unicycle in lab halls.