Almost 60 years have passed since Claude E.~Shannon's celebrated two-part article A Mathematical Theory of Communication
appeared in July and October of 1948. With that paper, Shannon founded a discipline, whose wide reach could hardly have been foreseen at the time.
To commemorate the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Information Theory as a discipline, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory published a special issue that included the following statement in its preface:
With communication engineering at the epicenter of the bombshell, the sensational aftermath of Shannon's paper soon reached Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Computing, and Cryptology. Even Economics, Biology, Linguistics and other fields in the natural and social sciences felt the ripples of Shannon's new theory.
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