Prologue and Chapter 1
• Claude Shannon was a mathematician and engineer who worked at Bell Labs in the mid 20th century. He conceptualized the binary system and reduced information to bits.
• Communicating by drums in African and the breakthrough of the electric telegraph are discussed. Some of the same methods used in communicating by drums was used by Samuel Morse in developing the code that was used for sending messages on the telegraph.
• The written word proved to be essential for advanced communications. Language began with images then progressed to phonetics and finally to the alphabet.
• An early use of mathematics was evidenced by numerical tables created by the Babylonians. In these tables, was the first sign of what is now called an algorithm
• The two wordbooks, Robert Cawdrey's "A Table Alphabeticall," published first in 1604, and the Oxford English Dictionary, which was started in 1879 by James Murray...
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