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The history of mathematical tables : from Sumer to spreadsheets

Author: Martin Campbell-Kelly
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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This book contains a series of articles summarizing the technical, institutional and intellectual history of mathematical tables from earliest times until the late 20th century when the electronic spreadsheet changed the way information is processed.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Tables
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
History of mathematical tables.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
(DLC) 2004298837
(OCoLC)52232446
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Campbell-Kelly
ISBN: 0198508417 9780198508410
OCLC Number: 271201047
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 361 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Tables and tabular formatting in Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria, 2500 BCE-50 CE --
The making of logarithm tables --
History of actuarial tables --
The computation factory : de Prony's project for making tables in the 1790s --
Difference engines : from Müller to Comrie --
The 'unerring certainty of mechanical agency' : machines and table making in the nineteenth century --
Table making in astronomy --
The General Register Office and the tabulation of data, 1837-1939 --
Table making by committee : British table makers, 1871-1965 --
Table making for the relief of labour --
The making of astronomical tables in HM Nautical Almanac Office --
The rise and rise of the spreadsheet.
Responsibility: edited by M. Campbell-Kelly [and others].
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The oldest known mathematical table was found in the ancient Sumerian city of Shuruppag in southern Iraq. Since then, tables have been an important feature of mathematical activity. This book  Read more...

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