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The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets

The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets


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ISBN-13: 9780198508410
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Edition description: REV
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

University of Warwick

University of Warwick

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education; Fellow of Kellogg College

All Souls College, Oxford

Table of Contents

Table and tabular formatting in Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria, 2500 BCE - 50 CE, Eleanor Robson
The making of logarithm tables, Graham Jagger
The computation factory: de Prony's project for making tables in the 1790's, Ivor Grattan-Guinness
Difference engines: from Muller to Comrie, Michael R. Williams
The 'unerring certainty of mechanical agency': machines and table making in the nineteenth century, Doron Swade
Table making in astronomy, Arthur L. Norberg
The General Registry Office and the tabulation of data, 1837 - 1939, Edward Higgs
Table making by committee; British table maker 1871 - 1965, Mary Croarken
Table making for the relief of labour, David Alan Grier
The making of astronomical tables in H.M. Nautical Almanac Office, George A. Wilkins
The rise and rise of the spreadsheet, Martin Campbell-Kelly
Biographical Notes

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