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The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

Paul J. Nahin


Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use—from our computers and cars, to home appliances. How did a system of mathematics established in the Victorian era become the basis for such incredible technological achievements a century later? This book combines engaging problems and a colorful historical narrative to tell the remarkable story of how two men in different eras—mathematician and philosopher George Boole and electrical engineer and pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon—advanced Boolean logic and became founding ... More

Keywords: Boolean algebra, Boolean logic, George Boole, Claude Shannon, electronic communications, communications age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691176000
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691176000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. Nahin, author
Emeritus Professor at the University of New Hampshire