It Doesn’t Add Up

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Eoin Lettice writes:

For €350,000 you can purchase this large city centre building [adjacent to the Mercy hospital] which was once home to George Boole (top) Queen’s College Cork’s first Professor of Mathematics and the ‘Father’ of modern algebra.
The house has been in a poor state of repair for some time and a structural collapse and ‘making-safe’ last year has led to significant damage to the roof and interior of the building.
Now the building is up for sale with Global Properties as an investment site – apparently failing to mention that the building is listed on the Cork City record of protected structures and as such, cannot be demolished.


For Sale: Ireland’s Scientific Heritage (Communicate Science)

George Boole (Wikipedia)

13 thoughts on “It Doesn’t Add Up

  1. Jockstrap

    “‘Father’ of modern algebra.”

    As opposed to the ancient Arabic algebra re-discovered during the Crusades? That algebra?

    1. Just Sayin

      He’s the father of Boolean Algebra to be exact.

      (the clue is in the name)

      Boolean algebra an algebra the only deals with two states, true/false, on/off, 0/1.

      It turns out to be particularly useful for doing binary arithmetic
      i.e. when you only have 2 digits (0 &1)

      I don’t think it had any practical application until computers were invented

      1. orieldude

        Is that where ‘Boolean’ comes from?! I always thought it was a very odd name for True/False… you learn something new…

      2. Jockstrap

        I didn’t know that. Could be used for true or false quizzes.

        “Is this statement boolean or boolean…”

  2. Miles O'Tool

    Just for the record – the Mercy Hospital is a fantastic institution with kind, professional and dedicated staff. It is one of the last bastions of old school ethics and care.

    One of my relations is being looked after by them at the moment and I cannot say enough good things about “The Mercy”.

    My opinion of Mallow General is somewhat different!

  3. Kiki

    I know exactly what will happen. Whoever buys it will knock it down, say “Oops/We had to, it was unsafe” and pay a piddling little fine, and get away with it. Has happened FAR too much in the last 20 years.

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