There’s a hidden science that affects every part of your life, a science so powerful that you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being on the planet unaffected by its achievements. It is the science behind computers, the machines which drive the supply and creation of power, food, medicine, money, communication, entertainment, and most goods our stores. It has transformed societies with the Internet, the digitization of information, mobile phone networks, and GPS technologies.
Peter Bentley, author of Digitized: The Science of Computers and How It Shapes Our World, explores how this young discipline grew from the early work by pioneers such as Turing, through its growth spurts in the Internet, its difficult adolescent stage where the promises of AI were never achieved and dot-com bubble burst, to its current stage as a semi-mature field, capable of remarkable achievements
We challenged him to name the most important and unknown people in the history of computer science in under three minutes. Which famous computer scientist had a passion for unicycles and juggling?
Answer at the bottom of the page.
Peter J. Bentley is the author of Digitized: The Science of Computers and How It Shapes Our World. He has been called a creative maverick computer scientist. He is an Honorary Reader at the Department of Computer Science, University College London, Collaborating Professor at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, a contributing editor for Wired UK, a consultant, and a freelance writer. He is author of the number one bestselling iPhone app iStethoscope Pro and of the popular science books Digital Biology, The Book of Numbers, and The Undercover Scientist. Bentley is a regular contributor to television and radio.
ANSWER: It was Claude Shannon!