Person: Boole (2), Mary Everest
Mary Everest Boole was an English mathematician who was married to George Boole. She wrote a number of books on mathematical education.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- For simplicity, we shall refer to her as Mary Boole throughout this biography.
- Thomas Everest studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge and was ordained in 1826.
- In 1837 an influenza epidemic swept through England leaving Thomas Everest as an invalid.
- While in France, Mary Boole became bilingual in French and English.
- Mary writes that Deplace was educated in the French school of mathematics.
- "If only she could go to Cambridge and study mathematics she would carry everything before her," he said, "but what could a girl do learning mathematics." Mary was shocked to learn that she could not go to university, she could not study mathematics and she would never meet the famous Charles Babbage.
- Mary Boole could not go to university but she could learn mathematics by teaching herself from books.
- George Everest spent many hours with Mary, encouraging her and telling her about his experiences.
- Indeed, their relationship evolved partly as a consequence of time they spent together devoted to Mary's private tuition, George proving particularly helpful to overcoming her various difficulties with differential calculus.
- When Mary met George Boole she was eighteen years old and he was thirty-five.
- Mary Boole moved back to England where, thanks to Frederick Denison Maurice, she was offered the position as a librarian at Queen's College, London.
- Mary's occupation is given as "Teacher of Mathematics".
- Mary Boole described Hinton as a 'thought-artist'.
- Charles Howard Hinton was a mathematician who wrote "What is the Fourth Dimension?" but, after being convicted of bigamy Charles and Mary Ellen went to Japan and then to the United States.
- Mary's occupation is given, at this time, as "Civil Service Pensioner".
- Mary was described as "living on her own means".
- At the 1901 census Mary Boole was living at 16 Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill, Kensington, London.
- We can think for ourselves, and find out what we want to know." Mary believed that it was possible to express all basic notions of the universe with numbers and symbols.
- Let us now look briefly at some of Mary Boole's publications.
Born 11 March 1832, Wickwar, Gloucestershire, England. Died 17 May 1916, Notting Hill, Kensington, England.
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Origin England, Women
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive