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Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach Report No. 12/2011
 

Summary: Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach
Report No. 12/2011
DOI: 10.4171/OWR/2011/12
Mini-Workshop: History of Numerical and Graphical
Tables
Organised by
Renate Tobies, Jena
Dominique Tourn`es, Saint-Denis de la R´eunion
February 27th ­ March 5th, 2011
Abstract. Numerical tables were one of the most commonly used instru-
ments of calculation from the earliest periods for which we have evidence
of mathematical activity until the appearance of computing machines. Such
tables (including graphical tables) are interesting both as tools of calcula-
tion and insofar as traces for certain social and scientific activities of the
practitioners by, and for, whom they were produced. Nevertheless, despite
the fact that the historical record has preserved thousands of tables from a
broad range of civilizations, these tables have themselves received relatively
little critical study. Hence, it has seemed to us both useful and innovative
to consider the problem of tables in general by bringing together specialists
of the different mathematical traditions and of the various professional mi-

  

Source: Aubin, David - Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris 6

 

Collections: Mathematics; Multidisciplinary Databases and Resources