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.
13 Mar 2018
Through the George Boole Papers held in UCC Library , we get a great insight into life of an academic living in Cork in the nineteenth century. Boole was obviously a considerate family man and wrote frequently to his family in Lincoln as the collection of his personal papers show. On 17th March 1851, the feast day of St. Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), he writes to his sister Mary Ann and sympathises with her on her recent ill health. As is the Irish condition, he speaks about the weather and how it might interfere with his plans for the day.
11 Aug 2017
George Boole had strong opinions about pain in childbirth: In the newly discovered letter (from the Boole Papers in the Boole library at UCC) written by Boole on 21 June 1856 thanking Dr. John Bury, a Medical Doctor from Chester, England, for his advice during their first pregnancy
"I think that a great deal of suffering, certainly to the mother and probably to the child, is due to the neglect of Nature’s plainest dictates."
21 Apr 2017
UCC are delighted to announce a free three-day Creative Concepts design workshop created by Alyssa Hinton, George Boole's great-great-granddaughter in The River Room, Glucksman Gallery (24th to 26th May, 2017).
07 Mar 2017
George Boole (1815-1864) was one of the forefathers of the Information Age and the first Professor of Mathematics at Queen's College Cork (now UCC). Computers, information storage and retrieval systems, electronic circuits and indeed the whole digital age depend on the simple but ingenious mathematical system he invented, Boolean Algebra. So it was fitting to have a George Boole Prize at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
The exhibition is now in its 53rd year, making it one of the world’s longest standing events exhibiting secondary school students’ abilities in the areas of science and technology. The UCC George Boole Award for Excellence in Mathematics, sponsored by Arup, is one of numerous special awards presented at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The prize was awarded to the group that demonstrated the best use of mathematics in their project.
15 Dec 2016
Alyssa Hinton is an art professor and art educator who also happens to be the great-great-granddaughter of George Boole. Having earned her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her MA in Art and Design from North Carolina State University, she is now an internationally recognised mixed media artist and art educator in the United States. In 2002, she developed a freelance curriculum entitled Art for Life that specialised in contextual learning solutions for troubled youth. She later adapted this programme for various art residencies, including an IBM Enterprise Learning workshop applied to business planning and leadership styles.
Today, she has kindly agreed to give a rare interview about her work, her life and her interests.