Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, The Genius of George Boole assembles academics and industry leaders from across the globe to explore the life and importance of one of the world's greatest mathematicians and unsung heroes. This film shines new light on the legacy of George Boole, now recognized as the forefather of the information age.
I think the filmmakers missed their audience on this one. They seem to have settled on a storyline of "some guy did some math, which we'll barely mention, that was later used in computing in ways we'll barely refer to", which they must have supposed would appeal to a wide range of people. Wrong. General intellectual curiosity barely exists, and telling us that a mathematician had some lucky breaks and some unlucky ones in life, health and work doesn't bring anything new or wonder-arousing to the table. It's like doing a program on Einstein and limiting the science discussion to "he changed the way people think about gravity and cosmology". I think people who would be most enthusiastic about a Boole biopic would be more impressed by at least a somewhat deeper dive into the ways his discoveries opened the door to and are still the basis for all things digital, in hardware and software. It's great that someone wanted to raise Boole awareness, but 99% of the world couldn't care less about it, so why not please the 1% that is interested?
I enjoyed the program. Like many programs of this type (similar to PBS) they show a lot of shots of George Boole (played by an actor) marching about Queens College Cork, and also various experts discussing the significance and importance of Boole's work in the development of computers. I had hoped for a somewhat more mathematical discussion of Boolean algebra, but this would probably not be feasible for a popular audience.
Enjoyed this documentary immensely. While some have criticized it ...apparently because it focused on the man and neglected to give one an in depth doctoral level of understanding of his many contributions to mathematics, you know, in an hour ... I found it to be engaging and informative about the man himself as well as the times, events and people who shaped him.
This video would be excellent for parents who are actively involved in their children's education to watch with those kids. I suspect it would kick start a lot of satisfying discussions between kids and parents about a whole spectrum of subjects.
Excellent biography of one of the founders of modern logic and information theory. I studied Boolean algebra and logic in college and use his concepts to this day. He is up there with Babbage and Turing whose work presaged computers and the complete world of digital information processing. Boole gave us the mathematical concepts necessary for the design of digital electronic systems.
The man has a surprising skill set. To be considered the father of invariant mathematics is unusual. I will seek too learn more. The biography was well done. I will probably see it again. I was also surprised to find that he did much of the early mathematics of communications information theory. As an engineer I associate him with Boolean algebra all the rest was a surprise.
Great story about a little known man who is genius. He is spectacularly unknown and yet he is so so smart. He now is better known and he is a man who for many many years little was understood about him. I want to thank Amazon for presenting this great documentary on another genius who was so misunderstood so long ago. Please watch the film as you will be humbled as I was once you learn more about "The Genius of George Boole".
If you're going to do a really good documentary about a mathematician//logician you have to include a little more than a smattering of mathematics. Much of Boole's thought is accessible with some careful explanation. Does a good job of connecting Boole's ideas to Claude Shannon's work and modern computer technology., but I would like to have seen a deeper analysis of Boole's work, "The Laws of Thought".
Engrossing biography of one of the most influential and unrecognized mathematicians of all time. Born into a working class family, and without the resources to obtain a full formal education, George Boole taught himself mathematics. His contributions to calculus are still used today, and his development of Boolean logic laid the foundation for the computer & internet age. The film includes both narrations about his life and times, and very well performed re-enactments of his life and struggles.