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GEORGE BOOLE—GRANDFATHER OF OUR INFORMATION AGE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE SAW Englishman George Boole progress gradually from a “petty shopkeeper’s son” to an aspiring mathematician. His The Mathematical Analysis of Logic, 1847, become a core of pure mathematics, … Continue reading

October 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

GEORGE BOOLE—GRANDFATHER OF OUR INFORMATION AGE PART 1

COMPUTERS DO NOTHING MORE than count on two fingers very quickly: Computer logic assigns 1 or 0 respectively to truth or falsity in the on/off presence of an electrical current. … Continue reading

October 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE MATHEMATICIAN WORE A LARGE AND FLOPPY HAT PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND 20-year-old Sonja Kowaleski—she, of the marvelous blue eyes—charming the 55-year-old Professor Karl Weierstrass into accepting her as a student. Her large and floppy hat helped Weierstrass keep … Continue reading

October 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

THE MATHEMATICIAN WORE A LARGE AND FLOPPY HAT PART 1

SONJA KOWALESKI’S HAT was intended to keep “her marvelous blue eyes” from distracting Karl Weierstrass, famed 19th-century mathematician, when she approached him as a prospective student. Kowaleski was “twenty, very … Continue reading

October 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

(WO)MEN OF MATHEMATICS

IN KEEPING with the book’s title, E.T. Bell’s classic Men of Mathematics has only 24 women out of the more than 300 personages listed in its index. As a source … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment