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The life and work of George Boole : a prelude to the digital age

Author: Des MacHale
Publisher: Cork, Ireland : Cork University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : New editionView all editions and formats
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This book, aimed at the general reader, is the first full-length biography of George Boole (1815-1864) who has been variously described as the founder of pure mathematics, father of computer science and discoverer of symbolic logic. Boole is mostly remembered as a mathematician and logician whose work found application in computer science long after his death, but this biography reveals Boole as much more than a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Boole; George Boole
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Des MacHale
ISBN: 9781782050049 1782050043
OCLC Number: 894252054
Notes: First edition published in 1985 as: George Boole : his life and work. Dublin : Boole Press, 1985.
Description: xix, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Early life --
2. His own master --
3. Social involvement --
4. Early mathematical work --
5. The Cork professorship --
6. Queen's College Cork --
7. Love and marriage --
8. The Cuvierian Society --
9. The laws of thought --
10. Controversy --
11. Family life and social attitudes --
12. Poetry --
13. Boole and Hamilton: some unanswered questions --
14. Religion --
15. Later mathematical work --
16. The final years --
17. The remarkable Boole family --
Bibliography of Boole's published works.
Other Titles: George Boole
Responsibility: Desmond MacHale ; foreword by Professor Ian Stewart.

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MacHale's book is a major achievement .and deserves to be a bestseller- Times Higher Education Supplement

 
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