UCC Celebrates Legacy of
Mathematician George Boole

Members of New York Alumni Chapter committee included Emmet Browne, Susan O’Brien, Dr. Michael Murphy (President of UCC), Edmond Cunningham and Clayton Love (Chair of New York UCC Alumni Chapter). Photo: Nuala Purcell.

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2015

A celebration of the life and legacy of George Boole was the theme of the gala dinner for alumni and friends of University College, Cork, which took place at the Princeton Club in New York in November.

Boole, UCC’s first professor of mathematics turns 200 on November 2, 2015, and UCC will celebrate this bicentenary year with a program of events that will shine a global spotlight on Boole and his close connections to UCC.

A mathematician, philosopher and logician, Boole, who is known as the father of the information age, worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic, and is now best known as the author of The Laws of Thought. Boolean algebra is named after him, as is the crater Boole on the Moon. The keyword “bool” represents a Boolean datatype in many programming languages.


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