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# The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

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**How two pioneers of math and technology ushered in the computer revolution**

Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use--from our computers and cars, to home appliances. How did a system of mathematics established in the Victorian era become the basis for such incredible technological achievements a century lat ...more

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Hardcover, 228 pages

Published
October 28th 2012
by Princeton University Press
(first published 2012)

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Boole famously invented the Boolean algebra in early 1800s, supplying mathematical symbolism to logical arguments so that the limitations of classical Aristotelian logic (all men are mortal, Socrates is a man, so Socrates is mortal) could be turned into a formal useful system.

Boolean algebra had to wait for hundred odd years until a young ...more

*L'informazione*) che è sì un giornalista ma scientifico, e quindi direi non ...more

That being said, "The Logician and the Engineer" is a well-written tour of elementary Boolean Algebra and Shannon Information, and how the two of those subjects inform the building of ...more

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I was going to give this book 4/5 stars, but that godawful, sexist story in the epilogue really left a nasty final impression. Does not reflect well on the author. ("As the pretty young lady left, Willard found himself admiring her slender ankles, the motion of her firm thighs under a snug dress, her rea ...more

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The early bit is biographical, but it's really just the first bit. Writing is good and full of nice tidbits about two geniuses. Favorite story: Boole got a bad cold th ...more

The bits I found particularly appealing were a few introductory logic problems (though I’m not sure I agreed with all the conclusions) and the pocket biographies of mathematician G ...more

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