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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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The ‘unerring certainty of mechanical agency’: machines and table making in the nineteenth century

The ‘unerring certainty of mechanical agency’: machines and table making in the nineteenth century

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(p.145) 6 The ‘unerring certainty of mechanical agency’: machines and table making in the nineteenth century
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The History of Mathematical Tables
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Doron Swade

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.003.0007

When machines are mentioned in the context of table making it is their role as calculators that tends to be emphasized. The mechanization of other processes, specifically transcription, typesetting, proof reading, printing, binding, and distribution, have received less attention perhaps because they are seen to be part of book production and not distinctively belonging to table making. This chapter discusses the interplay between machines and the wider processes involved in table making.

Keywords:   mathematical tables, table making, machines, typesetting, printing, book production

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