Step 2: Fill your 'mental matrix' with solutions to similar problems.
Step 3: Approach the problem from many different angles.
Step 4: Break a big problem down into small pieces.
Step 5: Solve the problem 'backwards.'
Step 6: If you've solved the problem, extend that solution out as far as it will go.
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It's a transcript of a speech Shannon gave on creativity.
I also like the Feynman problem solving algorithm:
1) Write down the problem.
2) Think very hard.
3) Write down the solution.
Shannon’s Juggling Theorem
F is the time a ball spends in the air (Flight)
D is the time a ball spends in a hand (Dwell), or equivalently, the time a hand spends with a ball in it
V is the time a hand spends empty (Vacant)
N is the number of balls
H is the number of hands
(http://lkozma.net/blog/shannons-juggling-theorem/ for more details)
How much do the rights actually cost? As in, is it feasible for me to purchase these rights and sell Kindle edition myself?
These articles work as a trigger to get interested in Claude Shannon and then, the book itself. And I am sure it's working. I am almost tempted to buy the book. Like many people, I certainly detest many marketing tactics but this is an example of one that has been done right and is even helpful.
I hope this note finds you well. I noticed that you had tweeted in the past about James Gleick's book "The Information." As it happens, that book inspired a book I've just finished: the first-ever full length biography of the late Bell Labs engineer Claude Shannon.
The book was recently published by Simon & Schuster. I figured I would reach out, given your interest in Bell Labs. We were fortunate to have worked with Alice Mayhew, the editor behind A Beautiful Mind, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, and other books in that genre.
I think you'll enjoy the book and hope you get a chance to check it out!
My new book, A Mind At Play (Simon & Schuster), is available now. It's the story of Claude Shannon, one of the founders of the information revolution—and one of the reasons we can exchange these emails.
Another is Dijkstra,
In fact it's not overstating the case to say that Dijkstra's algorithmn (and it's descendants) and the Shannon limit are two fundamentals to the way the internet works.