The Logician and the Engineer

The Logician and the Engineer

How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

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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.

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780691151007
Branch Call Number: 510.922 N141L 2013
Characteristics: xii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 02, 2017

The Logician and the Engineer is a meandering mess of words. I read a few chapters and realized this is not a book about George Boole and Claude Shannon.

I've been writing software for 35 years and am a huge fan of computer history. This book was a huge disappointment.


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