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Claude Shannon – Father of Information Theory

Claude Shannon – Father of Information Theory

Claude E. Shannon (1916-2001) Today 96 years ago, Claude E. Shannon was born, the “father of information theory“, whose groundbreaking work ushered in the Digital Revolution. Of course Shannon is famous for having founded information theory with one landmark paper published in 1948. But he is also credited with founding both digital computer and digital circuit design theory in 1937, when, as a 21-year-old master’s student at MIT, he wrote…
Kurt Gödel and the Foundations of Mathematics

Kurt Gödel and the Foundations of Mathematics

Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) On April 28, 1906, Kurt Gödel was born. He was one of the most significant logicians of all time. Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century, a time when many, such as Bertrand Russell, A. N. Whitehead and David Hilbert, were pioneering the use of logic and set theory to understand the foundations of mathematics. Gödel is best known for his two…

The Eagle has landed….

Today, 41 years ago, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Incredible that it is already such a long time ago. All the engineers involved in the Apollo program surely must be retired by now. What about the knowledge of the technology? Is it still available or would they have to undergo total reengineering, when they might decide one day to return to the moon….? yovisto also provides some footage…
Potsdamer Stadtschloss in Gefahr

Potsdamer Stadtschloss in Gefahr

Potsdamer Stadtschloss (Deutsches Bundesarchiv, Bild 170-238) Due to legal reasons we had to remove the very popular video ‘Das Potsdamer Stadtschloss in Gefahr” from our collection ( including 4 other videos with historical documentaries about Potsdam from the same series). Too bad for the copyright holder…because we had also made advertisements for the copyright holder’s Potsdam DVD (where you may find all the material that has been accessible via yovisto…
Steven Pinker on yovisto

Steven Pinker on yovisto

Harvard linguist Steven Pinker questions the very nature of our thoughts — the way we use words, how we learn, and how we relate to others. In his best-selling books, he has brought sophisticated language analysis to bear on topics of wide general interest. Steven Pinker’s books have been like bombs tossed into the eternal nature-versus-nurture debate. Pinker asserts that not only are human minds predisposed to certain kinds of…
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