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The Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen® series has enhanced film and scientific literacy with this popular program, which launched at the Coolidge in 2005. In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its pioneering nationwide film program, the Coolidge has expanded Science on Screen to 72 cinemas nationwide.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Science on Screen®  The Bit Player: Claude Shannon

Doors open at 7:30 pm

 

ANDREA GOLDSMITH, PhD

Professor of Electrical Enginnering | Stanford University

"A Playful Mind: the legacy of Claude Shannon"

NEW Science on Screen®:
In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the notion of a "bit" and laid the foundation for the information age. His ideas ripple through nearly every aspect of modern life, influencing such diverse fields as communication, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cosmology, linguistics, and genetics. The Bit Player tells the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world, but never lost his childlike curiosity.

Q&A following the film with the Director, Mark Levinson via SKYPE, and Andrea Goldsmith, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford.

About the Director:
Before embarking on a film career, Mark Levinson earned a PhD in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is the writer/producer/director of the fiction film Prisoner of Time, about former Russian dissident artists after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He directed and produced the award-winning documentary feature Particle Fever about the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider experiment outside of Geneva.

About Andrea:
Dr. Goldsmith has supervised the Ph.D. theses of 24 doctoral students and 20 postdoctoral scholars at Stanford. Dr. Goldsmith has served as PI or co-PI on government research grants totaling more than seventy million dollars and has over 180 journal papers published or in press, two of which have won best paper awards. Andrea's publications have been cited over 60,000 times in Google Scholar with an h-index of 88 and she is in the category of “Highest Cited Authors” in Thompson’s ISI citation index by “ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication”.