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, often known as Boolean good judgment, is on the center of the digital circuitry in every little thing we use--from our desktops and vehicles, to our kitchen instruments and residential home equipment. How did a approach of arithmetic confirmed within the Victorian period turn into the root for such significant technological achievements a century later? In The truth seeker and the Engineer, best-selling renowned math author Paul Nahin combines enticing difficulties and a colourful old narrative to inform the extraordinary tale of ways males in numerous eras--mathematician and thinker George Boole (1815-1864) and electric engineer and pioneering info theorist Claude Shannon (1916-2001)--advanced Boolean common sense and have become founding fathers of the digital communications age.

Presenting the twin biographies of Boole and Shannon, Nahin examines the background of Boole's cutting edge rules, and considers how they ended in Shannon's groundbreaking paintings on electric relay circuits and data concept. alongside the best way, Nahin provides good judgment difficulties for readers to unravel and talks in regards to the contributions of such key avid gamers as Georg Cantor, Tibor Rado, and Marvin Minsky--as good because the the most important position of Alan Turing's "Turing machine"--in the improvement of mathematical good judgment and information transmission. Nahin takes readers from primary ideas to a deeper and extra refined knowing of the way a latest electronic desktop comparable to the pc is developed. Nahin additionally delves into the latest principles in quantum mechanics and thermodynamics as a way to discover computing's attainable boundaries within the twenty-first century and past.

The truth seeker and the Engineer exhibits how a sort of mathematical good judgment and the suggestions of 2 males prepared the ground for the electronic expertise of the fashionable world.

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