In 2015, University College Cork celebrated the bicentenary of George Boole, 1815-64. Born in Lincoln, Boole was a mathematical genius who was largely self-taught. His appointment as the first Professor of Mathematics at this college in 1849 provided the opportunity to develop his most important work, An Investigation of the Laws of Thought.
Boole is a pivotal figure who can be described as the ‘father of the information age’. His invention of Boolean algebra and symbolic logic pioneered a new mathematics. His legacy surrounds us everywhere, in the computers, information storage and retrieval, electronic circuits and controls that support life, learning and communications in the 21st century.
05 Nov 2018
University College Cork are pleased to host Boole book launch:"New Light on George Boole" on 22nd November at 5.45 pm and all are welcome to attend.
28 Sep 2018
UCC will host the launch of new book: "The Continued Exercise of Reason: Public Addresses by George Boole (M.I.T. Press), Ed. Brendan Dooley" on Monday 1st October and all are welcome to attend.
This new book contains lectures, many never before published and offers insights into the early thinking of the mathematician and polymath George Boole.
"George Boole was a great lecturer on many topics, not only a writer on his specialty. The book grew out of a project in UCC library and became an edition of texts representing another side of the great mathematician, to the one usually talked about, and a chance to take a deep dive into a period and culture that are still misunderstood." Prof Brendan Dooley, Professor in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC
Photo: Prof Brendan Dooley
19 Sep 2018
This year, St. Michael’s Church, Church of Ireland, Church Road, Blackrock will host a Boolean event as part of Cork Culture Night on Friday, 21st September at 7.30 pm.
Members of the audience will be treated to pipe organ music on arrival together with a brief history of this beautiful building. All this will bring you gently into the main event: a free lecture on George Boole’s links to St Michael’s where he is memorialized and buried.
06 Sep 2018
University College Cork [UCC] cordially invites you to our 11th Public Boole Lecture: "The Search for Randomness" by Stanford University Professor Persi Diaconis on 11th September, 2018 at 6.30 pm (refreshments at 6.00 pm). Venue: Lecture Theatre G05, Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road, Cork, T12 XF62 Ireland. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
01 Jun 2018
George Boole was one of the nineteenth century’s great thinkers, a genius, Professor of Mathematics and humanitarian. As the inventor of Boolean logic – the basis of the modern computer – he is regarded as one of the founders of digital electronics.
He was born in Lincoln, England on 2 November 1815, the first of four children to John and Mary Ann Boole.
Entrepreneurship and innovation are just two of the many attributes of George Boole’s personality
George Boole (1815-1864)