The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets by Martin Campbell-KellyThe History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets by Martin Campbell-Kelly

The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets

EditorMartin Campbell-Kelly, Mary Croarken, Raymond Flood

Hardcover | March 17, 2004

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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; table making and printed tabular matter are important precursors to modern computing and information processing.This book contains a series of articles summarising the technical, institutional and intellectual 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 the 1960s), datatables (eg. Census tables), professional tables (eg. 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" orhistory 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 artefacts whose unifying concept is "the mathematical table".

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Martin Campbell-Kelly is in the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. Mary Croarken is a Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. Raymond Flood is a University Lecturer in Computing Studies and Mathematics, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education; Fellow of Kellog College. ...

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Title:The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to SpreadsheetsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:March 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198508417

ISBN - 13:9780198508410

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IntroductionEleanor Robson: Table and tabular formatting in Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria, 2500 BCE - 50 CEGraham Jagger: The making of logarithm tablesIvor Grattan-Guinness: The computation factory: de Prony's project for making tables in the 1790'sMichael R. Williams: Difference engines: from Muller to ComrieDoron Swade: The 'unerring certainty of mechanical agency': machines and table making in the nineteenth centuryArthur L. Norberg: Table making in astronomyEdward Higgs: The General Registry Office and the tabulation of data, 1837 - 1939Mary Croarken: Table making by committee; British table maker 1871 - 1965David Alan Grier: Table making for the relief of labourGeorge A. Wilkins: The making of astronomical tables in H.M. Nautical Almanac OfficeMartin Campbell-Kelly: The rise and rise of the spreadsheetBiographical Notes