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Bebop to the Boolean Boogie, 3rd Edition by Clive Maxfield

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Chapter 9. Boolean Algebra

Cabbages, Parrots, and Buckets of Burning Oil

One of the most significant mathematical tools available to electronics designers was actually invented for quite a different purpose. Around the 1850s, a British mathematician, George Boole (1815–1864), developed a new form of mathematics that is now known as Boolean Algebra. Boole's intention was to use mathematical techniques to represent and rigorously test logical and philosophical arguments. His work was based on the idea that a statement is a sentence that asserts or denies an attribute about an object or group of objects:

Statement: Your face resembles a cabbage.

Depending on how carefully you choose your friends, they may either agree or disagree with the sentiment ...

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