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Rob Goodman
Postdoctoral Researcher, McGill University

Rob Goodman an Andrew W Mellon postdoctoral researcher in the department of political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic and Nautilus, among others. His latest book is A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age (2017), co-authored with Jimmy Soni.

Written by Rob Goodman

Essay/
Information and communication
The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni