Jimmy Soni

Jimmy Soni

Award-winning Author

Jimmy is a New York based author, editor, and speechwriter. He's the co-author of Rome's Last Citizen, a biography of the ancient Roman Senator Cato, and A Mind at Play, a biography of the late mathematician Claude Shannon. The latter book won the Neumann Prize for the top book in the history of mathematics for 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Nature and Bloomberg. Jimmy has also served as an editor at the Huffington Post, the New York Observer, and the Washington Examiner.

Past Activities

Jimmy Soni
Code Mesh LDN 2018
09 Nov 2018
10.30 - 11.15

The life, times, and thinking of Dr. Claude Shannon, the founder of information theory

The talk focuses on the life, times, and thought of Claude Shannon, the famed founder of information theory. Claude Shannon is one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century and the architect of the Information Age, whose insights stand behind every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loaded. He was a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant tinkerer, and a digital pioneer. He constructed the first wearable computer, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots. He also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called “the Magna Carta of the Information Age.”


Listeners should learn about how a genius thinks, works, and lives. They will also learn about the power of play and the virtue of interdisciplinary thought and work.