Booleography: George Boole Essay

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Numerous computer databases today use the Boolean logic as the basics of querying databases. Many computer users imagine that Boolean logic was introduced close to the time when computers were invent. In fact, this genius idea was created by man named George Boole a century before computers were used. It is very helpful to understand the background and theory behind the Boolean logic, because this logic is pragmatic of today’s computer science and information technology “world”.
George Boole was an English mathematician born in an industrial town of Lincoln, England back in 1815. One may say, “Boole was born in the wrong time, in the wrong place, and definitely in the wrong class” (Redshaw). George Boole did not receive formal higher
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At 19 years old, young Boole opened his own school in Lincoln, having to support his family financially due to the collapse of his father’s business. In 1938, Boole began studying Laplace’s and Lagrange’s algebraic works as he prepares his notes for his first mathematic papers. Boole then submitted his first four mathematical publications to the new Cambridge Mathematical Journal by 1844. In 1844, Boole wrote a paper entitled “Mathematical Analysis of Logic” (Smith, 1993). His premise in this paper was the relationship of logic and mathematics; he thought logic was more properly associated with mathematics rather than philosophy. Boole received a professorship in mathematics at Queens College in Ireland, based on his writings. In his most famous work, "An Investigation into Laws of Thought, on Which Are Founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilities," (Smith, 1993), published in 1854, Boole wanted to separate logic from philosophy and combine it with algebra as a science unto itself (Smith, 1993).
Boole was able to analyze the mechanics of human reasoning and the result of this analysis became the principle of information retrieval, from manual and mechanical, to electronic. Boole believed that reasoning involved either the addition of different concepts to form more complex concepts or the separation of complex concepts in to smaller, simpler concepts. (Smith, 1993). Various parts of speech, such as nouns and adjectives, were classes of

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