• David Gries
Part of the Text and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)


We want to be able to describe sets of states of program variables and to write and manipulate clear, unambiguous assertions about program variables. We begin by considering only variables (and expressions) of type Boolean: from the operational point of view, each variable contains one of the values T and F, which represent our notions of “truth” and “falsity”, respectively. The word Boolean comes from the name of a 19th century English mathematician, George Boole, who initiated the algebraic study of truth values.


Truth Table Program Variable English Sentence Mathematical Symbol Arithmetic Expression 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Gries
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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