Weaver's article (and a book that followed two months later), expanded Shannon's theories beyond the computing and mathematical worlds. Although Shannon had developed his model to explain machine communication, his model of communication was adopted by many human communication theorists and influenced theories of human communication for several decades. As Weaver says about Shannon's theory, "This work applies in the first instance only to the technical problem, but the theory has broader significance." (page 11)
It's also important to note that Weaver gives credit to several other theorist who had done similar work on information theory. His special mention of Norbert Wiener is appreciated.(page 11) Wiener's work in Cybernetics was very influential on the development of Shannon's theory. During WWII, Shannon traveled up to MIT to consult with Wiener many times.¹
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