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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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Epilogue

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For the Future: The Anti-Amphibological Machine

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The Logician and the Engineer
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Paul J. Nahin

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DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691176000.003.0011

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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