Today is the 200th anniversary of George Boole‘s birth. Boole (1815-1864), born in Lincoln, England, was a self-taught mathematician. In 1849 he became the first Professor of Mathematics at University of Cork, Ireland where he wrote his most important work, An Investigation of the Laws of Thought. But I didn’t know much about him. I remember being taught about булева логика in year 5 of school by my favourite maths and computer science teacher (and being amused ten years later that this term was the same in English, “boolean logic”). Now I know a bit more! So thanks Google for this random mathematical history fact!