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The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets

Martin Campbell-Kelly, Mary Croarken, Raymond Flood, and Eleanor Robson (eds)

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198508410
eISBN:
9780191708831
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

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 ... More


The Rise of Computer Science

Nathan Ensmenger

in The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262050937
eISBN:
9780262289351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.003.0005
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

This chapter examines the emergence of computer science as the representative science of modern computing. It suggests that its rise as an academic discipline between the 1970s and the 1990s reflects ... More


Learning the Hard Way: IBM and the Sources of Innovation in Early Computing

Steven W. Usselman

in Financing Innovation in the United States, 1870 to the Present

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262122894
eISBN:
9780262277884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262122894.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter adds certain moderate adjustments to the body of work promulgated by the National Academy of Science, and also the work of David Mowery, that deals with the notion of modern computing ... More


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