George Boole: Boolean Algebra and Sets Theory Essay

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The work of George Boole on mathematical logic that gave birth to the “Boolean Algebra” was the most important contribution to the development of computer technology. We are going to see briefly, how the prodigy George Boole came from an economically modest family, to change the way we relate with logic, influencing the concept of computing and processing information. We are also going to analyse how his work in algebra revolutionised the way we think and symbolise logic sets, making the binary code and logic relations as the fundamental tool in the evolution of computer systems and networks, from the first breakthrough of Boole's work, until many years later, when science identified that his mathematical set theories could in fact be the …show more content…
With the confidence earned through his breakthroughs in mathematics, he applied for professorship, in 1845, and had it granted in 1849, becoming Professor of Mathematics at Queen's College, in Cork, Ireland. George Boole made many contributions to the computer science with his mathematics, but we can single out his Boolean Algebra as the most significant, which unfortunately he would not have lived to see, dying prematurely in 1864, of pneumonia (Reville, 2004). In 1854 his most famous work was published: “An Investigation of The Laws of Though: On Which Are Founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilities”. In this book, Boole proposes the algebraic manipulation of symbols to express logical deduction equations, by grouping collection of “things”, as sets, we can than make logical deductions of the relation of this sets between each other, using reason and algebraic theories. As an example, in group of sheep, which we are going to call “a”, and some are white and some are black, we can call the group of sheep as “a”, and the colour of the sheep as “b” for white and “c” for black, then we have group “a” AND “b” as the group of “white sheep” (ab) and “c” AND “a” as the group of “black sheep” (ac). From there we can

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