Previously unpublished images, Victorian recipes and an insight to just who Boole was, feature in the special edition George Boole Chronicles.
Its launch, from the Lord Mayor’s Chambers last night, March 11, as part of UCC’s George Boole 200 celebrations, captured the spirit of the celebration as city and university unite to remember UCC’s first professor of mathematics.
This selection of short essays relating to Boole includes previously unpublished pictures from the family album allow a glimpse into a part of history often ignored. A portrait illustration of the young Ethel Lillian (Boole’s youngest daughter), who went on to pen the bestselling novel The Gadfly, will surely be a draw for all Voynich manuscript enthusiasts. Victorian Dining has been captured by well-known food historian, Regina Sexton, who has produced and adapted a Victorian recipe for ‘College Puddings’ that are bound to inspire all bakers to grab their aprons and stir them up.
Both UCC and the Lord Mayor will welcome Boole’s descendants Marni Hinton Rosner and Gerry Kennedy to Cork for the launch. Marni is Boole’s great – great granddaughter and the granddaughter of the Putney Schools founder, Carmelita Chase Hinton is joined by Gerry Kennedy who is descended from George Boole’s brother William. During their time in Cork they have had the chance to view the original An Investigation of the Laws of Thought, 1854 which is kept securely in the special collections area of UCC’s aptly named Boole library.
The George Boole Chronicles is avaiable from the Visitors' Centre, UCC or online.
At a special gathering to welcome the family to UCC and to have them sign the visitors book Marni expressed her delight in the George Boole celebrations,
“it really is quite amazing how the profile of George Boole has been raised here in the city. The extent of the research from original documents to the engagement of current students as part of the tour experience, is quite something. I appreciate the fact that Boole is being presented not as a dead genius, but as someone devoted to understanding the world and to inspiring girls as well as boys to engage in scientific, intellectual pursuit. I am looking forward to returning with a larger delegation of Boole descendants later on in the year”.
The special limited edition of the George Boole Chronicles, edited by Ms. Olivia Frawley, is available now from the UCC Visitors’ Centre where the George Boole Tours run from- weekdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 12 noon. A special lecture revealing Boole the man will take place in UCC’s Aula Maxima on March 23rd as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival.