George Boole

Published in Issue 1 (January/February 2016), Letters, Volume 24

Sir,—Interesting to learn (HI 23.6, Nov./Dec. 2015, Seen on TV, pp 50–1) that the current president of University College Cork had never heard of George Boole when he was a student there in the 1970s. Neither had I when I arrived at UCC twenty years later, nor of Boolean logic, and, being English-born, ‘logically’ assumed that Boole was the Irish word for ‘lecture theatre’, as all my classes were there, rather as I had ‘logically’ assumed that An Lár was the Irish for the capital, as it was on all the signs pointing me there from Dublin Airport.—Is mise le meas (have I got that right?),

MARTIN WILSON
Florida

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