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Title................: The History of Mathematical Tables
Type.................: Ebook
Reader...............: PDF Reader
Size.................: 42.8 MB
Torrent Hash.........: DD27D0D8B987018411C94A0573D388234FEA98EA
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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 and are important precursors to modern
computing and information processing. This book contains a series of
articles summarizing the history of mathematical tables from earliest times
until the late twentieth century. It covers mathematical tables (the most
important computing aid for several hundred years until 1960s), data tables
(i.e. Census tables), professional tables (ie. Insurance tables), and
spreadsheets-the most recent tabular innovation. The book is presented in a
scholarly yet accessible way, making appropriate use of text boxes and
illustrations. Each chapter has a frontispiece featuring a table along with
a small illustration of the source where the table was first displayed. Most
chapters have sidebars telling a short "story" or history relating to the
chapter. The aim of this edited volume is to capture the history of tables
through eleven chapters written by subject specialists. The contributors
describe the various information processing techniques and artifacts whose
unifying concept is "the mathematical table".

Table Of Contents:
Introduction 1
1 Tables and tabular formatting in Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria,
2500 B.C.E.-50 C.E. 19
2 The making of logarithm tables 49
3 History of actuarial tables 79
4 The computation factory: de Prony's project for making tables in the
1790s 105
5 Difference engines: from Muller to Comrie 123
6 The 'unerring certainty of mechanical agency': machines and table
making in the nineteenth century 145
7 Table making in astronomy 177
8 The General Register Office and the tabulation of data, 1837-1939 209
9 Table making by committee: British table makers 1871-1965 235
10 Table making for the relief of labour 265
11 The making of astronomical tables in HM Nautical Almanac Office 295
12 The rise and rise of the spreadsheet 323
Biographical notes 349
Index 353

Product Details:
* ISBN: 0198508417
* ISBN-13: 9780198508410
* Format: Hardcover, 372pp
* Publisher: Oxford University Press
* Pub. Date: September 2003
* Edition Description: REV

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