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    Fortune’s Formula follows a number of people but Shannon is one of them. I had the luck of reading this book when I was quite young.

    https://www.amazon.com/Fortunes-Formula-Scientific-Betting-Casinos/dp/0809045990/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501180675&sr=8-1&keywords=fortunes+formula

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      Excellent essay. I liked this bit near the end:

      In the end, Shannon’s account of genius was a refreshingly unsentimental one: A genius is simply someone who is usefully irritated. And that useful irritation doesn’t come until, somewhere in the midst of the work, you stumble onto something that troubles you, pulls at you, doesn’t look quite right.