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# The Logician and the Engineer

How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age

**Paul J. Nahin**

- Hardcover2012© 201324.9520.00ISBN9780691151007248 pp.6 1/8 x 9 1/42 halftones. 41 line illus. 25 tables.
- Paperback2017© 201217.9513.99ISBN9780691176000248 pp.6 1/8 x 9 1/42 halftones. 41 line illus. 25 tables.

- E-bookISBN9781400844654

Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use—from our computers and cars, to home appliances. How did a system of mathematics established in the Victorian era become the basis for such incredible technological achievements a century later? In *The Logician and the Engineer*, Paul Nahin combines engaging problems and a colorful historical narrative to tell the remarkable story of how two men in different eras—mathematician and philosopher George Boole and electrical engineer and pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon—advanced Boolean logic and became founding fathers of the electronic communications age. Nahin takes readers from fundamental concepts to a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of modern digital machines, in order to explore computing and its possible limitations in the twenty-first century and beyond.

**Paul J. Nahin** is the author of many bestselling popular math books, including *Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt*, *In Praise of Simple Physics*, and *An Imaginary Tale* (all Princeton). He is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

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*Nature***--**

*Scientific American***--**

*Library Journal***--Charles Ashbacher,**

*MAA Reviews**Logician and the Engineer*is truly a gem."

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*New York Journal of Books***--Christine Evans-Pughe,**

*Engineering & Technology***--A. Bultheel,**

*European Mathematical Society**Beyond Boole and Shannon*. Here is provided an introduction to quantum computing and its logic, possibly portending the future of computers, yet unmistakably bearing the footprints of the two early pioneers. It is an unexpected yet fitting conclusion to this thoroughly enjoyable read."

**--Ronald E. Prather,**

*Mathematical Reviews Clippings***--**

*SIAM Review***--Antonín Slavík,**

*Zentralblatt MATH***--Gareth and Mary Jones,**

*London Mathematical Society Newsletter***--**

*Mathematics Magazine***--Tom Ottinger,**

*Mathematics Teacher**The Logician and the Engineer*] will give your brain a workout, but an enjoyable one."

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*San Francisco Book Review*## Endorsements

**—Andrew Hodges, author of**

*Alan Turing: The Enigma***—Lawrence Weinstein, author of**

*Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin**The Logician and the Engineer*is an interesting and informative account of the history of formal logic, the lives of its two great investigators, and the applications of Boolean algebra in electronic computation."

**—Chuck Adler, St. Mary's College**

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