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This is a book that would have been better if I read it instead of listen or it would be a good book for the e-book with whisper-sync. It was a bit hard to follow unless I took notes. Paul Nahin covered the innovative ideas and history of mathematician George Boole (1815-1864) and electrical engineer Claude Shannon (1918-2001). The book explained classic logic vs Boolean logic in depth. He also covered how Boolean algebra is the bases of electronic circuitry that everything today works on. He covered a great deal on data transmission and its importance in day to day live. The world would not function without this innovated body of work. Allan Robertson did a good job narrating the book.
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What disappointed you about The Logician and the Engineer?
The book had lots of equations that were read number for number - I'm evidently too slow to follow when I'm listening to it on the way to work.
Would you ever listen to anything by Paul J. Nahin again?
No, the material wasn't suited for an audio recording. I would be afraid of the same problem for any book written by this guy.
What didn’t you like about Allan Robertson’s performance?
The narrator was fine, but the material was really dry.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Logician and the Engineer?
To translate it to an audiobook, more story and less equations would keep it more interesting.
Any additional comments?
I'm really interested in learning about Claude Shannon, but this book didn't really help. It's probably more interesting as a written book.
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