The Logician and the Engineer

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

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780691151007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 510.922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 538g
Height: 165mm
Width: 240mm
Spine width: 23mm