It’s safe to say, when you say the name ‘George Boole‘ most people would respond with, ‘Who?’ Ok that may have something to do with the fact he was born 200 years ago today.
However, George Boole is fondly regarded for his legacy, the Boolean Logic. A theory of mathematics in which all variables are either “true” or “false”, or “on” or “off”. The theory preceded the digital age, with American Claude Shannon applying Boolean logic to build the electrical circuits in the 1930s that led to modern computers.
George Boole, was a British mathematician whose work on logic laid many of the foundations for the digital revolution, has been honoured on the 200th anniversary of his birth with a special Google Doodle.
The Lincolnshire-born academic is widely heralded as one of the most influential mathematicians of the 19th century, devising a system of logic that aimed to condense complex thoughts into simple equations.
He was born on November 2 1815 in Lincoln and died aged just 49 in 1864.
“Boole was a self-taught mathematical genius who is widely regarded as one of the most significant pioneers of the information age,” said University College Cork President Professor Michael Murphy.
“Some 200 years after his birth, he remains a beacon of academic excellence and the influence of his theories of logic and probabilities are as powerful today as they were back in the 1800s.”
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Happy Birthday George Boole..