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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.



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November 2, 2011 at 1:01 am

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