2012 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

# 12. Foundations (Boole and Babbage)

Published in:
A Brief History of Computing

## Abstract

This chapter considers the work of George Boole and Charles Babbage who are considered grandfathers of computing. George Boole was a nineteenth-century English mathematician who made contributions to logic, probability theory and the differential and integral calculus. His calculus of logic (Boolean logic) acts as the foundation of all modern digital computers.