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Recitation 21:47 Recitation #5 :February 22 nd , 2012 The Information - Gleick Prologue -In 1948 two important developments came about. The first was electronic, the transistor. It amplifies and switches electronic signals. “The transistor sparked the revolution in electronics. ..” It started technology moving in the direction of “miniaturization and ubiquity.” The second was not a technology but Claude Shannon’s “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” which introduced the bit. The bit: “A mathematical Theory of Communication.” The bit served to quantify information, and Shannon’s Monograph made him the ‘father of information theory.’ Gleick: “[The monograph] was a fulcrum around which the world began to turn.” Chapter 1: Drums that talk -In this chapter, Gleick highlights some of the earlier methods of long distance communication. The most successful one being the use of drums in Africa to relay messages over long distances. The drummers would use inflections to represent spoken syllables, making it difficult for Europeans to figure out how the system worked, as inflections aren’t used to differentiate words in European languages. (As opposed to a
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