The Mathematician -- The Bould Georgie Boole (radio edit)

by The Arthur Céilí Band

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  • The Mathematician -- The Bould Georgie Boole (radio edit) performed by The Arthur Céilí Band, featuring Jim Flanagan & Mike Simpson. Just 5 verses (there is an 8 verse version too).

     

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An affectionate tribute to Engllish mathematician George Boole (1815-1864), who laid the foundations of the digital age. Note: 2 Nov 2015 marks the bicentennial of his birth, and he spent a significant part of his career as Prof of Maths at Queen's College, Cork.

Like the song? Please donate to Cuanlee Refuge for Abused Women & Children (Cork, Ireland) via cuanleerefuge.org Longtime Cork resident Boole was a big supporter of women in trouble.

Maths Week Ireland (www.mathsweek.ie) has an accompanying video at vimeo.com/143768018

lyrics

1.
Ye maids of Gillabbey who’re mentally flabby,
A word of advice I will give unto ye:
Proceed to Queen’s College, where you’ll acquire knowledge,
On probability, and then ODEs.

And never conclude any sketch of a programme,
Till the carriage returns that you learnt at your school,
Follow matching parentheses, logically perfect,
So the whole thing compiles, and becomes a fine tool.

Chorus:
For gambling, for gating, for true/false debating,
For doing web searches, with AND/OR and NOT,
In everyday coding, we all follow rules,
Thanks to mighty Cork thinker, the bould Georgie Boole.

2.
Boole is now very famous on many world stages,
For lay’n' the foundations o’ t’digital age.
While he started in Lincoln, his da's fortune sinkin',
By teaching he found he could earn a good wage.

His pal was d’Morgan, his brain a fine organ,
Georgie taught himself maths in his own special way,
He published some papers, among other capers,
Then Queen's College Cork hired him one sunny day.

For gambling, for gating, for true/false debating,
For doing web searches, with AND/OR and NOT,
In everyday coding, we all follow rules,
Thanks to mighty Cork thinker, the bould Georgie Boole.

3.
Now posh Sunday’s Well was their first cosy home,
Then to Blackrock they moved, as the family grew,
Ballintemple was better, but later much wetter,
And fate was to strike soon, ‘though nobody knew.

By now he was in the prime (squared) of his life,
He'd achieved quite a lot with the help of his wife,
With overlapped int’rests, their union it was blessed
With four fine strapping books and five lovely lasheens.

For gambling, for gating, for true/false debating,
For doing web searches, with AND/OR and NOT,
In everyday coding, we all follow rules,
Thanks to mighty Cork thinker, the bould Georgie Boole.

4.
Now just what happened next is a matter most vexed,
With some rumours unfounded that won’t go away,
What we do know for sure, though we’re also perplexed,
Is that Georgie walked wet to the college one day.

The rain was torrential, the trip non-essential,
Yet he felt duty bound not to let his class down,
He got soaked to the skin, which was most consequential,
He then gave a lecture in wet cap and gown.

For gambling, for gating, for true/false debating,
For doing web searches, with AND/OR and NOT,
In everyday coding, we all follow rules,
Thanks to mighty Cork thinker, the bould Georgie Boole.

5.
For reasons unclear, he soon took to his bed,
Where his wife (they say) nursed him with very wet sheets,
With frightening quickness, aft’r two weeks of sickness,
Georgie Boole the great scholar, no languor was he.

An il-logical end to a life so well spent,
It’s a puzzle to take in and then compr-hend,
Yet what Boole left behind redefined how our minds work,
Not to mention computers which we recommend.

For gambling, for gating, for true/false debating,
For doing web searches, with AND/OR and NOT,
In everyday coding, we all follow rules,
Thanks to mighty Cork thinker, the bould Georgie Boole.

credits

released October 30, 2015
"The Mathematician – The Bould Georgie Boole"

lyrics by Arthur Céilí, tune trad

Interpolated with “The Mathematician” tune written by J. Scott Skinner.

Performed by The Arthur Céilí Band, featuring Jim Flanagan & Mike Simpson. Backing vocals by The Singing Kettles, executive production by Sally McHenry (we forgot to plug the kettle in).

Jim: www.flanagansongs.com

Mike: www.slipjig.org

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