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

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

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  • Paul J Nahin
  • Princeton University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780691176000
  • 9.2 X 6 X 0.7 inches
  • 0.85 pounds
  • Biography & Autobiography > Science & Technology
  • English
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How two pioneers of math and technology ushered in the computer revolution

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? In The Logician and the Engineer, Paul Nahin 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 fathers of the electronic communications age. Nahin takes readers from fundamental concepts to a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of modern digital machines, in order to explore computing and its possible limitations in the twenty-first century and beyond.

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

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Paul J. Nahin is the author of many popular math books, including In Praise of Simple Physics, Dr. Euler’s Fabulous Formula, and An Imaginary Tale (all Princeton). He is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He received the 2017 Chandler Davis Prize for Excellence in Expository Writing in Mathematics.

 

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