Genius at work
The truest measure of a genius is whether or not an individual’s work resonates through the ages. Names like Einstein, Michelangelo, Newton and Steve Jobs will forever be hailed for their intellectual prowess and extraordinary achievements, but Claude Shannon - not so fast.
Truth be told, I hadn’t heard of Shannon’s name nor his remarkable contributions until I received an advanced copy of Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman’s latest book - A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age. It was the title that ignited my curiosity, but it didn’t take long for me to get totally immersed in his story. Soni and Goodman are world-class writers and even better storytellers - their unique ability to synthesize the very essence of his thinking will not only elevate your appreciation of his work; more importantly than that, it will inspire you to rethink how you approach your most difficult priorities. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:
- Who is Claude Shannon and why now?
- Where did his best ideas come from?
- How did he approach complex problems?
- Keeping yourself emotionally balanced - what can we learn from him?
- Why juggling multiple ideas improves the odds of stumbling upon something worthy?
- Why the greatest success stories often involve play?
- The virtue of radical simplification