Google remembers George Boole's 200th birthday via Doodle

It has been Google's practice to offer honors to known personalities in history, such as historians, mathematicians, politicians, and even international and local events that are being observed across the globe. The Internet giant does so by featuring doodles on its homepage, like the one that you can see today.


November 2 is the birthday of English mathematician, educator, and philosopher George Boole. Hence, Google's doodle today, as posted below.

George Boole Google Doodle

So who is George Boole?

George Boole is a 19th century philosopher. He was known as the author of "The Laws of Thought". In his general idea, Boole said that:
No general method for the solution of questions in the theory of probabilities can be established which does not explicitly recognise, not only the special numerical bases of the science, but also those universal laws of thought which are the basis of all reasoning, and which, whatever they may be as to their essence, are at least mathematical as to their form.
Whatever those lines mean may overwhelm your brain at the moment but, for the time being, it might suffice to say that Boole had exemplary works on differential equations and algebra.

George Boole photo

He studied the sum of residues of a rational function. Thus, he was able to established an equation called "Boole's identity", which takes the form:

George Boole Equation

A few of the related terms related to George Boole include symbolic logic, probability theory, universe of discourse, treatment of addition in logic, Boolean algebra, and invariant theory among many others.

George Boole married Mary Everest. They had five daughters.

He died of pneumonia on December 8, 1864. He was 49.

Source: Roger Parsons, Gutenberg

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