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The History of Mathematical TablesFrom Sumer to Spreadsheets$
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Martin Campbell-Kelly, Mary Croarken, Raymond Flood, and Eleanor Robson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.001.0001

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History of actuarial tables

History of actuarial tables

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(p.79) 3 History of actuarial tables
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The History of Mathematical Tables
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Christopher Lewin

Margaret De Valois

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.003.0004

Actuaries make financial sense of the future by combining techniques of risk and finance. The actuarial profession was formed in 1848 but long before then mathematicians were producing tables in these two areas, starting with the relatively simple concepts of compound interest and probabilities of survival. This chapter shows how actuarial tables have developed over the past four centuries.

Keywords:   actuaries, mathematical tables, numerical tables, compound interest tables

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