Jun 25, 2018 in Research

George Boole

Like many other scientists who have heard revolutionary impact George Boole is one the famous contributors in mathematics whose ideas continue to be studied in electronics to date. George Boole was born to John Boole and Mary Joyce. His father John had scientific interests especially in applied mathematics. His mother was a maid and they got married in September 1806. The family later relocated to Lincoln where John got involved in business as a shoe repairer. However, the living standards of the family were not pleasing. This was attributed to the fact that John was highly devoted to science that he denied his family the attention it needed. George Boole was the first born in the family. He was born after nine years of John’s marriage to Mary. This delay was not happily welcomed; they almost gave up on getting children. Therefore, the birth of George was a source of joy and happiness. George was named on the day of birth and was considered very weak. His parents later had three other children, Charles, William and Mary Ann (George Boole).

Despite the fact that George was feeble during birth, he later developed into a stronger and healthy person. He joined a school which was jointly run by Misses Clarke before he was two years of age. He later went to another school after a year, a school that was run by John’s friend until he turned seven. He however he received much of mathematics instructions from his father who influenced his son to like construction of optical instruments. He joined primary school ate the age of seven years. Amazingly, his passion for mathematics dropped and he developed interest and passion for languages. He went a head to perfect in languages especially Greek after being taught Latin by a hired tutor. He attended a school which did not offer his choice of subjects making him study French and German for himself (George Boole).

Boole started teaching at the age of sixteen years Heigham's School where he gave up the idea of joining the church revived his mathematics interests. After a few years of study, he realized how he almost lost his dram. He opened his school in 1834 when he was only nineteen years of age. He took up the running of Hall’s Academy in 1838 when he was studying the work of Lagrange and Laplace. From these readings, he organized notes which he later used in writing his papers. He began studying algebra in 1840 with massive influence from Duncan Gregory. He also published papers in the Cambridge Mathematical Journal. He started corresponding with De Morgan and sent him his paper on solutions to differential equations using general methods of analysis. This was published in 1844 earning him a Royal medal (Desmond & MacHale, (1985).

Boole’s ideas are well utilized in computer and information. He became the first professor in mathematics after several years of dedicated teaching services. He published his first book in 1847 and another one in 1854 underscoring what is today known as cybernetics. George Boole married Mary Everest with whom they had five daughters. He died in December 1864 of pneumonia in Ireland.

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