Google is today celebrating the 200th birthday of George Boole with a special doodle on its homepage. Born 200 years ago on November 2, George Boole is widely known as one of the most influential mathematicians of the 19th century.
Google’s animated Doodle illustrates the famous formula of logic gates,that are used in computing and are derived from Boolean functions. The first “G”, followed by the two O’s, then the “L” and “E” in the Google’s logo light up simultaneously based on the logic gates given right below them.
He was well-known for Boolean logic, a theory of mathematics in which all variables are either “True” or “False”, or “On” or “Off”. He also created a type of linguistic algebra, now known as Boolean algebra where the three most basic operations of which are “AND”, “OR” and “NOT”.
Boole, who lived as a professor at University College Cork in Ireland, was an early thinker on the theory of artificial intelligence, believing that all human thought could be reduced to a series of mathematical rules, and advocating machinery which could be considered a way to replace human labor.
George Boole died of pneumonia in 1864, when he was 49 years old