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

Paul J. Nahin


Boolean algebra, also known as Boolean good judgment, is on the center of the digital circuitry in every thing we use--from our desktops and autos, to our kitchen contraptions and residential home equipment. How did a procedure of arithmetic demonstrated within the Victorian period turn into the root for such impressive technological achievements a century later? In The truth seeker and the Engineer, best-selling well known math author Paul Nahin combines attractive difficulties and a colourful ancient narrative to inform the notable tale of ways males in several eras--mathematician and thinker George Boole (1815-1864) and electric engineer and pioneering details theorist Claude Shannon (1916-2001)--advanced Boolean good judgment and have become founding fathers of the digital communications age.

Presenting the twin biographies of Boole and Shannon, Nahin examines the historical past of Boole's cutting edge principles, and considers how they resulted in Shannon's groundbreaking paintings on electric relay circuits and knowledge idea. alongside the best way, Nahin provides good judgment difficulties for readers to resolve and talks in regards to the contributions of such key avid gamers as Georg Cantor, Tibor Rado, and Marvin Minsky--as good because the an important function of Alan Turing's "Turing machine"--in the improvement of mathematical good judgment and knowledge transmission. Nahin takes readers from basic strategies to a deeper and extra refined figuring out of ways a contemporary electronic laptop reminiscent of the pc is built. Nahin additionally delves into the most recent principles in quantum mechanics and thermodynamics for you to discover computing's attainable obstacles within the twenty-first century and past.

The truth seeker and the Engineer indicates how a kind of mathematical common sense and the thoughts of 2 males lead the way for the electronic expertise of the fashionable world.

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