Posts Tagged ‘George Boole’
James Kendall and his wife Rosie own and publish Brighton SOURCE Magazine. Recently, Rosie’s mother, a 90-year-old widow who lived through the Blitz, gave up her long-time home to move to assisted living. In the process of helping her make the transition, James documented the contents of his mother-in-law’s pantry, and gathered the photos in a collection he calls “Best Before…”
Waste not; want not.
[TotH to Kottke.org]
As we rethink the concept of slow food, we might wish a systematically-happy birthday to George Boole; the philosopher and mathematician was born on this date in 1815. Boole helped establish modern symbolic logic– he created symbols to stand for logical operations– and an algebra of logic (that is now called “Boolean algebra”). Boole made important contributions to the study of differential equations and other aspects of math; his algebra has found important applications in topology, measure theory, probability, and statistics. But it’s for the foundational contribution that his symbolic logic has made to computer science– from circuit design to programming– that he’s probably best remembered.
The decline of the daily press in the U.S. is a problem of many dimensions– among them, the question of the funny papers: if newspapers fail, where will one get one’s comic strips? The likely answer, one reckons, is the web… and happily, there are several sites featured earlier in (R)D– e.g., here– stepping into the breech.
But what of history? Where will one find the best strips of the past? Happily, the web is responding here too. Mr. ilovecomix (Steve Cottle) has created a wonderful archive of daily and weekly strips from throughout the history of the comics.
From the sublime…
to the ridiculous…
Visit ilovecomix and revel in the ink!
As we choke back our chortles, we might remark that this is the birthday (1815) of George Boole, the British mathematician and philosopher who developed what’s now known as Boolean Algebra (Boolean Logic) and was one of the fathers of symbolic logic… thus was (with an eye to each of those contributions), a central contributor to the foundation on which all of modern computing is based… and thus, on which the web (if not the narrative logic of the comics it makes available) depends.