Boolean algebra


: a system of algebra in which there are only two possible values for a variable (often expressed as true and false or as 1 and 0) and in which the basic operations are the logical operations AND and OR

Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Boolean algebra was in 1880

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“Boolean algebra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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Boolean algebra

: any of several logical systems of combining abstract quantities
especially : an arithmetic of sets in which the intersection and union of sets are operations

named for George Boole 1815–1864 English mathematician

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