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The Logician and the EngineerHow George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age$
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Paul J. Nahin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691176000

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691176000.001.0001

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For the Future: The Anti-Amphibological Machine

(p.210) Epilogue
The Logician and the Engineer

Paul J. Nahin

Princeton University Press

This chapter present the author's vision of the sort of logical problem that may soon be one that even a quantum computer would find a struggle to deal with—the decipherment of entangled legalese, the sort of monstrous gobbledegook one finds, for example, in the increasingly convoluted IRS tax code. In the form of a short story, that vision is “The Language Clarifier,” which first appeared in the May 1979 issue of Omni Magazine. The original title was “The Anti-Amphibological Machine,” but Omni's fiction editor thought that a tad too mystifying for readers and “suggested” the change.

Keywords:   Boolean algebra, Boolean logic, mathematics, legalese, The Language Clarifier

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