Google has chosen to honour the 200th birthday of the British mathematician George Boole, whose work on logic and algebra has been credited with laying the foundations for the computer age.
Here are five things you may not know about him:
#1:. His system of Boolean Logic paved the way for modern electrical engineering and computer science
Boole created a system, known as Boolean Logic, where all mathematical variables could only boil down to two variables – “true” or “false” or “on” and “off”.
These ideas were put to use more than 70 years after his death when Victor Shestakov at Moscow State University in Russia proposed using the system to design electrical switches, according to the Scientific American.
This simple “on-off” system later went on to form the bedrock of all computer code.