The history of mathematical tables : from Sumer to spreadsheets

Other titles
  • Oxford scholarship online.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
  • Oxford : Oxford University Press 2003
Physical description
1 online resource (372 p.)
  • 0-19-154521-X
  • 9786611924997
  • 1-281-92499-7
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. APUC scholarship online package
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • English
  • Description based on print version record.
  • Specialized.
  • 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.
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  • Electronic books.
  • History.
  • Tables (Data)
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  • English


  • 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.