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Title The history of mathematical tables : from Sumer to spreadsheets / edited by M. Campbell-Kelly [and others].
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.

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Subject Mathematics -- Tables -- History.
Mathematics -- History.
Alt Name Campbell-Kelly, Martin.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 361 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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 Muller 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.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0198508417
9780198508410
OCLC # 185035611


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