How do you model a centennial birthday, Dr. Shannon? COURTESY: Hackaday blog.
Claude Shannon, the so-called father of information theory, was born 100 years ago today . This is a Google Doodle-worthy event, even though he died in 2001. Hence, internet rule #34' : "if there exists a milestone, there's a Google Doodle for it".
April 30, 2016 Google Doodle.
Claude was also a juggler and an inventor of mechanical toys, hence the zeros and ones being juggled in the Doodle. A few years ago I wrote a post detailing this "mechanical zoo". Not a real zoo, mind you, but a collection of mechanical wonders far removed from his information theory work .
 Horgan, J. (2016). Claude Shannon: tinkerer, prankster, and father of information theory. IEEESpectrum, April 27.
 I made up Rule #34' as a less-provocative variant of existing Rule #34.
 his Master's thesis and Bell Systems Technical Journal paper (pdf) were milestones in the then- emerging academic field.