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Symbolic system used for designing logic circuits and networks for digital computers. Its chief utility is in representing the truth value of statements, rather than the numeric quantities handled by ordinary algebra. It lends itself to use in the binary system employed by digital computers, since the only possible truth values, true and false, can be represented by the binary digits 1 and 0. A circuit in computer memory can be open or closed, depending on the value assigned to it, and it is the integrated work of such circuits that give computers their computing ability. The fundamental operations of Boolean logic, often called Boolean operators, are “and,” “or,” and “not”; combinations of these make up 13 other Boolean operators.

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Boolean (after George Boole), as a noun or an adjective, may refer to:## See also

- Boolean algebra (logic), a logical calculus of truth values or set membership
- Boolean algebra (structure), a set with operations resembling logical ones
- Boolean datatype, a certain datatype in computer science
- Boolean network, a certain network consisting of a set of Boolean variables whose state is determined by other variables in the network
- Boolean function, a function that determines Boolean values or operators
- Boolean logic, an introductory article with general applications such as computer science

- Boolean algebra, another disambiguation page
- George Boole
- Boolean satisfiability problem

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