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Mathematical Treasure: Boole’s Laws of Thought

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Perhaps the most influential work of the English mathematician and philosopher George Boole (1815-1864) was his An Investigation of the Laws of Thought, published in 1854. In this book Boole extended Aristotle’s logic and attempted to give it a mathematical foundation.

Boole’s proof for the existence of a prime mover or an "intelligent self-existent being" that is the cause of all motion in the universe follows.

This material was obtained through the courtesy of the Peabody Library of Johns Hopkins University.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Boole’s Laws of Thought," Convergence (July 2016)