In 1964, Lotfizadeh, a mathematician, computer scientist and electrical engineer, conceived a new mathematical technique, thinking of programming software to identify handwriting. Its ambiguous logic theory, in an attempt to imitate how people view the world, offers an alternative to rigid yes-no logic.
Google’s Doodle honoured Lotfi A. Zadeh [Fuzzy Logic]:
The ambiguous [Fuzzy] logic will eventually be embraced by academia and industry alike, with the participation of pharmaceuticals, economic modeling and consumer products such as anti-lock braking, dishwashers and elevators, to name a few. In honor of its controversial invention, Google dedicated its doodle to Zadeh on Tuesday, the 57th anniversary of the concept’s creation.
The doodle represents his concept, an alternative to black or white boolean logic, which determines the membership of a given class based on one (yes) or zero (no). His theory provided a means of calculating the values between yes and no.
Zadeh Early History:
Zadeh was born on February 4, 1921 in Azerbaijan to a physician mother and a journalist father. At the age of 10, his family moved to Iran, where he earned a science degree from Tehran University. He made a lot of money selling goods to the US Army during World War II so he could move to the United States to continue his education. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946 HD’s From Colombia in 1949
While serving as an electrical engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Zadeh suggested using inaccurate data to solve problems that could have more than one solution. His 1965 paper Physical Sets – Information and Control sought to use mathematics to describe human concepts such as “little”, “tall” or “beautiful” and other concepts that have ambiguous meanings. Thus a set theory is developed where the degree of the elements. Membership
Zadeh’s theory proved controversial, being ridiculed and attacked by many scholars, largely because he challenged other widely accepted forms of mathematics and used unusual terms.
He wrote in 2015, “My dissertation was a subject of indifference, skepticism, and satire.”
“In part, many of the negative reactions to my papers reflect the fact that the word ‘fuzzy’ has ridiculous meanings,” he wrote.
Despite the criticism, Zada will receive dozens of engineering and academic awards in recognition of his achievements, including 24 honorary doctorates.
At the age of 96, Zadeh died in 2017.