George Boole’s Lincoln, 1815-49

ed. A. Walker Survey of Lincoln

This edited collection investigates one notable 19th century Lincoln inhabitant, George Boole, often described today as the ‘grandfather of the digital age’. He was much associated with the city from his birth in 1815 until his move to become the first Professor in Mathematics at Queen’s College, Cork, in 1849.

George Boole’s life in Lincoln, working mainly as a schoolteacher, coincided with significant developments in the city, including the coming of the railway.  The book looks at some of the key sites in the city with which Boole was associated.  It identifies his birthplace in Silver Street, examines the buildings in which he worked and explores some of the buildings and structures that contained a range of organisations with which he was particularly connected, including the Mechanics’ Institute, located in Greyfriars.  The changing townscape in which Boole lived is investigated and the importance of Lincoln as a centre of scientific experimentation and educational endeavour during Boole’s time in the city is emphasised. 

The volume also focuses upon how George Boole has been remembered in the city since his death.  This ranges from the cathedral window designed in his honour and archival deposits such as the George Boole (Rollett) Collection, to plaques, the Boole Technology Centre, a residential Street and significant public works of art.

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