. By Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, July 2017. 384 pages. $27.00. Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman’s claim that mathematician Claude Shannon (1916-2001) “invented the information age” seems like an overstatement, but only a slight one. Shannon’s 1948 treatise, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” was an extraordinary work of genius that laid the foundations of information theory.