
 Claude Shannon, Mathematician, Dies at 84 (Site not responding. Last check: 20071021) 
  Claude Elwood Shannon, the American mathematician and computer scientist whose theories laid the groundwork for the electronic communications networks that now lace the earth, died on Saturday in Medford, Mass., after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease. 
  "Shannon was the person who saw that the binary digit was the fundamental element in all of communication," said Dr. Robert G. 
  Shannon also showed that if enough extra bits were added to a message, to help correct for errors, it could tunnel through the noisiest channel, arriving unscathed at the end. 
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