The History of Mathematical Tables
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.
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 moder
Introduction; Table and tabular formatting in Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria, 2500 BCE - 50 CE; The making of logarithm tables; The computation factory: de Prony's project for making tables in the 1790's; Difference engines: from Muller to Comrie; The 'unerring certainty of mechanical agency': machines and table making in the nineteenth century; Table making in astronomy; The General Registry Office and the tabulation of data, 1837 - 1939; Table making by committee; British table maker 1871 - 1965; Table making for the relief of labour; The making of astronomical tables in H.M. Nautical Almanac Office; The rise and rise of the spreadsheet; Biographical Notes