George Boole and Claude Shannon

Paul J. Nahin

in The Logician and the Engineer

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780691176000
Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781400844654
George Boole and Claude Shannon

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This chapter presents brief biographical sketches of George Boole and Claude Shannon. George was born in Lincoln, a town in the north of England, on November 2, 1815. His father John, while simple tradesman (a cobbler), taught George geometry and trigonometry, subjects John had found of great aid in his optical studies. Boole was essentially self-taught, with a formal education that stopped at what today would be a junior in high school. Eventually he became a master mathematician (who succeeded in merging algebra with logic), one held in the highest esteem by talented, highly educated men who had graduated from Cambridge and Oxford. Claude was born on April 30, 1916, in Petoskey, Michigan. He enrolled at the University of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1936 with double bachelor's degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering. It was in a class there that he was introduced to Boole's algebra of logic.

Keywords: mathematicians; electrical engineer; George Boole; Claude Shannon; biography; Boolean algebra; mathematics

Chapter.  9466 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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