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George Boole

George Boole : English Mathematician, Philosopher, and Logician

George Boole was born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England on 2 November 1815. He was a self-taught mathematician, logician, and philosopher. He was the son of the son of John Boole and Mary Ann Joyce. He belonged to the family of the shoemaker. He had a primary school education and later on his father taught him, as they couldn’t afford formal education due to the loss in the business. He spent most of his life teaching mathematics.

George Boole
George Boole
  • At Queen’s College, He worked as a professor of mathematics. From the age of 16, He started earning for his family by teaching in Heigham’s School He worked in the mathematical area of algebraic logic and differential equations.
  • In February 1840, His paper, “Researches in the theory of analytical transformations” was printed in the Cambridge Mathematical Journal.
  • In 1844 He won the first gold prize by Royal Society for the research papers he has written in mathematics.
  • In 1855, He was rewarded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh with the Keith Medal.
  • In 1857, He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). From the University of Oxford and the University of Dublin, he received degrees of LL.D.
  • In 1841, He published a research paper on invariant theory and even released a book called On A General Method of Analysis. From the Royal Society, he received a medal in the same year for these works.
  • He is also the author of The Laws of Thought which he has published in the year 1854. In this book, he mentions about Boolean algebra.  
  • In 1847 Boole published The Mathematical Analysis of Logic, the first of his works on symbolic logic.
  • In 1855 Boole married Mary Everest 
  • In late November 1864, Boole while to his going to Lichfield Cottage from his home he got drenched in heavy rain. As he got drenched in rain, he falls sick and got pneumonia. Her wife wrapped him in wet blankets because of which his health got much worse. on 8 December 1864, he kicked the bucket.

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George Boole Books

Here is the list of few books written by George Boole:

  1. The Laws of Thought
  2. The mathematical analysis of logic
  3. A Treatise on the Calculus of Finite Differences
  4. treatise on differential equations
  5. Studies in logic and probability
  6. Treatise – Scholar’s Choice Edition 
  7. Derivation of the Laws of the Symbols of Logic from the Laws of the Operations of the Human Mind
  8. The Boole-De Morgan correspondence
  9. Collected Logical Works; Volume 2
  10. An Investigation of the Laws of Though
  11. Treatise by George Boole
  12. Calculus of Finite Differences Fourth Edition
  13. Logical Works: Laws of Thought 
  14. Calculus of Finite Differences Fourth Edition – Scholar’s Choice Edition
George Boole books

Contributions of George Boole in Mathematics and Physics

  1. Boolean circuit                                                                                   
  2. Boolean model (probability theory)                                                
  3. Boolean satisfiability problem                                                                                                    
  4. Boolean network                                                                                                
  5. Boole’s syllogistic                                                                                      
  6. Boolean algebra (structure),                                                                  
  7. Boolean algebra                                                                                      
  8. Boolean ring                                                                                                
  9. Boolean function                                                                                     
  10. Boolean data                                                                                                    
  11. Boolean expression                                                                                           
  12. Boolean processor                                                                                                   

Awards and Rewards under the name of George Boole

  • In 2015, the 200th birth anniversary of George Boole was celebrated at the University College Cork by his admirers.
  • On 2 November 2015, Google Celebrated his 200th birthday anniversary by making a Google Doodle.
  • Algebra is now commonly known as Boolean algebra. 
  • The Boolean Data type is used in many programming languages which is named under him. 
  • In Bracknell, there is a road under his called Boole Heights, Berkshire is named after him.

Mathematicians like Geroge

There are few mathematicians like G. H. Hardy, Shakuntala Devi who were excellent in the field of mathematics like him .

FAQ About George Boole

What did Boole discover?

He discovered symbolic logic and algebra of logic, which is commonly known as Boolean algebra.

How did George Boole die?

8 December 1864, George died due to pneumonia. He got drenched in rain and get a fever.

Why was Boole important?

His work on logic laid the grounds for the digital revolution. His Boolean logic and algebraic logic has changed the world. He proposed the theory in mathematics in which variables can be either”on” or “off” or “true” or “false” too.

Who invented Boolean?

George Boole, English Mathematician invented Boolean.

What was George Boole’s job?

George Boole was a Teacher, Mathematician, and Philosopher. He used to teach mathematics in various universities. He was the first Professor of Mathematics in University College, Cork, Ireland

Who is the father of symbolic logic?

George Boole is the father of symbolic logic. He is also the father of computer science and founder of pure mathematics, and discoverer of symbolic logic.

How did Boolean get its name?

The Boolean word was taken from the founder of Boolean, George Boole.

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