Tools for Assurance

It’s telling that Shannon felt no need to explain why; in 1939 Bush would have known that communication engineering was still mostly a matter of trial and error, lore, and rules of thumb. Shannon’s tacit hope was that the field could be transformed from an art into a science, that a rigorous mathematical theory of communication would provide engineers with the tools to design their systems with assurance.

The Dream Machine, by M. Mitchell Waldrop