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A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits is the title of a master's thesis written by computer science pioneer Claude E. Shannon while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1937. In his thesis, Shannon, a dual degree graduate of the University of Michigan, proved that Boolean algebra could be used to simplify the arrangement of the relays that were the building blocks of the electromechanical automatic telephone exchanges of the day. Shannon went on to prove that it should also be possible to use arrangements of relays to solve Boolean algebra problems.

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  • A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits
  • Un'analisi simbolica dei relè e dei circuiti
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  • A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits is the title of a master's thesis written by computer science pioneer Claude E. Shannon while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1937. In his thesis, Shannon, a dual degree graduate of the University of Michigan, proved that Boolean algebra could be used to simplify the arrangement of the relays that were the building blocks of the electromechanical automatic telephone exchanges of the day. Shannon went on to prove that it should also be possible to use arrangements of relays to solve Boolean algebra problems.
  • Un'analisi simbolica dei relè e dei circuiti (A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits) è una tesi di laurea (di secondo livello nel sistema americano, relativa ad un titolo accademico di Master of Science) al MIT, scritta da Claude Elwood Shannon nel 1938, e considerata un documento fondamentale per lo sviluppo dell'elettronica digitale. La tesi fu sviluppata sotto la supervisione del fisico e matematico del MIT Frank L. Hitchcock.
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  • A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits is the title of a master's thesis written by computer science pioneer Claude E. Shannon while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1937. In his thesis, Shannon, a dual degree graduate of the University of Michigan, proved that Boolean algebra could be used to simplify the arrangement of the relays that were the building blocks of the electromechanical automatic telephone exchanges of the day. Shannon went on to prove that it should also be possible to use arrangements of relays to solve Boolean algebra problems. The utilization of the binary properties of electrical switches to perform logic functions is the basic concept that underlies all electronic digital computer designs. Shannon's thesis became the foundation of practical digital circuit design when it became widely known among the electrical engineering community during and after World War II. At the time, the methods employed to design logic circuits were ad hoc in nature and lacked the theoretical discipline that Shannon's paper supplied to later projects. Psychologist Howard Gardner described Shannon's thesis as "possibly the most important, and also the most famous, master's thesis of the century". A version of the paper was published in the 1938 issue of the Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and in 1940, it earned Shannon the Alfred Noble American Institute of American Engineers Award.
  • Un'analisi simbolica dei relè e dei circuiti (A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits) è una tesi di laurea (di secondo livello nel sistema americano, relativa ad un titolo accademico di Master of Science) al MIT, scritta da Claude Elwood Shannon nel 1938, e considerata un documento fondamentale per lo sviluppo dell'elettronica digitale. La tesi fu sviluppata sotto la supervisione del fisico e matematico del MIT Frank L. Hitchcock. In questo lavoro Shannon mette in relazione diretta l'algebra di Boole e le reti elettromeccaniche digitali, basate su relè, allora utilizzate nelle comunicazioni telefoniche. La tesi dimostra che le reti digitali possono essere utilizzate per risolvere equazioni booleane e che quindi, all'inverso, l'algebra di Boole può essere usata per descrivere una rete digitale. La tesi, che non attirò immediatamente una grande attenzione, divenne nota tra gli ingegneri durante e dopo la seconda guerra mondiale. Da allora la relazione tra circuiti digitali ed algebra di Boole è divenuta la base dello sviluppo di circuiti logici, che rappresentano la base della moderna elettronica digitale. Il professor Howard Gardner, dell'università di Harvard, ha affermato che questa è stata "probabilmente la più importante ed anche la più famosa tesi del secolo"; per essa nel 1940 Shannon ottenne il premio dell'Istituto americano degli ingegneri "Alfred Nobel".
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