Monday, November 2, 2015

The father of Boolean Algebra @ 200.

1. George Boole was an English mathematician, educator, philosopher and logician.

2. Born 200 years ago, on this date, George Boole's algebraic approach to logic in which all values are reduced to either "true" or "false", is still used today. His pivotal advances in mathematics, logic and probability provided the essential groundwork for modern mathematics, micro electric engineering and computer science. He also devised a type of linguistic algebra, now known as Boolean Algebra, which incorporates the three most basic operations of "and", "or" and "not".

3. Fact file.

    * He was a self taught child prodigy.
    * He never finished school and had never attended university. He was forced to leave school
       after his father's shoe business collapsed.
    * He became a teacher. At 19, he established his own school at Lincoln. While being a teacher,
       he began to learn mathematics and took several years to master Calculus since he'd no tutor.
       He also taught himself French, German and Latin.
    * He married Mary Everest, the daughter of George Everest - after whom the world's highest
       mountain peak has been named - in 1850. They'd sired five children.

4. Boole died of pneumonia in 1864, at 49 years, after he walked two miles through cold, pouring rain and delivered a lecture wearing his wet clothes.

5. Continue to RIP, Mr. George Boole. You still influence the entire world with your creation!


Google celebrated George Boole's 200th birthday by dedicating an interactive doodle on its home page because his legacy of Boolean Algebra laid the foundation of the digital age.

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