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A treatise on the calculus of finite differences. Reprint of the 1860 ed. (English) Zbl 1202.65003
Cambridge Library Collection - Mathematics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (ISBN 978-1-108-00092-5/pbk). 248 p. (2009).
Publisher’s description: Self-taught mathematician and father of Boolean algebra, George Boole (1815–1864) published A Treatise on the Calculus of Finite Differences in 1860 as a sequel to his Treatise on Differential Equations (1859). Both books became instant classics that were used as textbooks for many years and eventually became the basis for our contemporary digital computer systems. The book discusses direct theories of finite differences and integration, linear equations, variations of a constant, and equations of partial and mixed differences. Boole also includes exercises for daring students to ponder, and also supplies answers. Long a proponent of positioning logic firmly in the camp of mathematics rather than philosophy, Boole was instrumental in developing a notational system that allowed logical statements to be symbolically represented by algebraic equations. One of history’s most insightful mathematicians, Boole is compelling reading for today’s student of logic and Boolean thinking.

MSC:
65-03 History of numerical analysis
65Q10 Numerical methods for difference equations
01A75 Collected or selected works; reprintings or translations of classics
01A55 History of mathematics in the 19th century
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