Calling all Boolean neophytes: this blog has the answers to all your burning George Boole questions! For those of you who are just dying the jump on in and join this year’s George Boole Celebrations at University College Cork, this is the resource for you. Read on avid future Boolean enthusiasts!
Name: George Boole
Profession(s): Mathematician, philosopher, professor, and logician
Date of Appointment as a UCC Professor: 1849, as the first professor of mathematics
-was a child prodigy
-came from a poor, working-class family
-was an incredible translator (starting at age 7)
-was fluent in Latin, Greek, French, German, and Italian
-began providing for his family at age 16
-wrote a paper entitled, Exposition of a General Theory of Linear Transformations, that brought forth the algebraic theory of variants (a new branch of mathematics) in 1845…when he was only 30 years old
–was awarded the first mathematics Royal Medal EVER presented by the Royal Society in 1844 for his paper On a General Method of Analysis
–is best known for his famous work, The Laws of Thought
-is often referred to as “one of the fathers of computer science and discoverer of symbolic logic” (http://georgeboole.com/boole/)
-was passionate about social justice and educational reform
So…what are you waiting for? Please join all of us at UCC as we celebrate the life of this incredible individual! For a more in-depth biography of George Boole, please visit http://georgeboole.com/boole/!