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The Universal Computer, 3rd Edition by Martin Davis

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CHAPTER 2

Boole Turns Logic into Algebra

Martin Davis

George Boole’s Hard Life

The beautiful and intelligent Princess Caroline von Ensbach, one day to be Queen of England as the wife of George II, met Leibniz in Berlin in 1704 when she was 18. After she went to England with the court, their friendship continued by correspondence. She tried to persuade her father-in-law, then George I of England, to bring Leibniz to England, but as we have seen, the king insisted that Leibniz remain in Germany to complete the Hanoverian family history.

Caroline found herself entangled in the continuing dispute between Leibniz and Newton and his followers, each side accusing the other of plagiarism over the invention of the calculus. She tried to convince Leibniz ...

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