Boolean Algebra and Digital Computing
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Claude Shannon showed that Boole’s symbolic logic provided the perfect mathematical model for switching theory and for the subsequent design of digital circuits and computers. His influential master’s thesis is a key milestone in computing, and it shows how to lay out circuits according to Boolean principles. Shannon’s insight of using the properties of electric switches to do Boolean logic is the basic concept that underlies all electronic digital computers. This was the birth of digital logic and the digital computing age.
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