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Calculation and Computation in the Pre-Electronic Era : The Mechanical and Electrical Ages.

By: Tympas, Aristotelis.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.History of Computing Ser: Publisher: London : Springer, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 1 online resource (253 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781848827424.Subject(s): Computers-HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Calculation and Computation in the Pre-Electronic Era : The Mechanical and Electrical AgesDDC classification: 004.09 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Intro -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Chapter 1: Introduction -- 1.1 Topic, Period, and Argument -- 1.2 Theoretical Framework -- 1.3 Line of Argumentation -- 1.4 Strategy Regarding Primary Sources -- References -- Chapter 2: "The Delights of the Slide Rule" -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 "No Device Has Been of Greater General Interest" -- 2.3 "A Machine for Putting Logarithms to Work" -- 2.4 "A Very Ingenious Instrument" -- 2.5 "High-Speed Scales" -- 2.6 "The Habit of Attempting That 'Ficticious Accuracy'" -- 2.7 "The Poor Man's Calculator" -- 2.8 "As Well as the Pianist Knows His Keyboard" -- 2.9 "Unfair to Compare" -- 2.10 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 3: "Lightning Calculations Lightened" -- 3.1 Introduction -- 3.2 "With Lightning Speed" -- 3.3 "Extreme Accuracy with a Slide Rule" -- 3.4 "An Indispensable Companion" -- 3.4.1 "For the Exercise of His Ingenuity" -- 3.4.2 "A Transmission Line Calculator" for "the Most Tedious Problem" -- 3.4.3 "If Querist Will Lay Out His Slide Rules" -- 3.4.4 "Equivalent to Millions of Dollars Annually" -- 3.5 "Speed Up Computations of Many Sorts" -- 3.6 "Uses Slide Rule" -- 3.7 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 4: "Like the Poor, the Harmonics Will Always Be with Us" -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 "Mathematician Par Excellence" -- 4.3 "A Marvel of Mechanical Skill and Mathematical Accuracy" -- 4.4 "Eminently Satisfactory" -- 4.5 "With a Reasonable Accuracy" -- 4.6 "Quickly and Easily" -- 4.7 "The Skill of the Expert Mechanical Technicians" -- 4.8 "Still Not the Ideal Analyzer" -- 4.9 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 5: "The Inner Satisfaction That Comes with Each Use of the Alignment Chart" -- 5.1 Introduction -- 5.2 "A Perfect Poem: The Most Lovely Exposition of Mathematics in Simple Form" -- 5.3 "A Convenient Table: A Welcomed Help" -- 5.4 "New Catechism of Electricity".
5.5 "It Would Lead Too Far to Explain Here in Detail the Laying Out of an Alignment Chart" -- 5.6 "Done Graphically Without the Computer Knowing Anything Whatever About the Mathematics" -- 5.7 "Mention Should Be Made of a Circle Diagram that Picturizes in a Most Simple and Practical Manner" -- 5.8 "Time-Honored Graphical Procedures Within a Modern Technical Framework" -- 5.9 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 6: "The Appearance of a Neatly Finished Box" -- 6.1 Introduction -- 6.2 "Cannot Be Altered Until the Operation Has Been Finished" -- 6.3 "The Miscalculation of Mains" -- 6.4 "Can Be Put in the Hands of a Girl" -- 6.5 "The True Automatic Machine Belongs to a Possible Rather Than an Actual Class" -- 6.6 "No Short Summary Can Be at All Complete" -- 6.7 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 7: Conclusion -- References -- Index.
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Intro -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Chapter 1: Introduction -- 1.1 Topic, Period, and Argument -- 1.2 Theoretical Framework -- 1.3 Line of Argumentation -- 1.4 Strategy Regarding Primary Sources -- References -- Chapter 2: "The Delights of the Slide Rule" -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 "No Device Has Been of Greater General Interest" -- 2.3 "A Machine for Putting Logarithms to Work" -- 2.4 "A Very Ingenious Instrument" -- 2.5 "High-Speed Scales" -- 2.6 "The Habit of Attempting That 'Ficticious Accuracy'" -- 2.7 "The Poor Man's Calculator" -- 2.8 "As Well as the Pianist Knows His Keyboard" -- 2.9 "Unfair to Compare" -- 2.10 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 3: "Lightning Calculations Lightened" -- 3.1 Introduction -- 3.2 "With Lightning Speed" -- 3.3 "Extreme Accuracy with a Slide Rule" -- 3.4 "An Indispensable Companion" -- 3.4.1 "For the Exercise of His Ingenuity" -- 3.4.2 "A Transmission Line Calculator" for "the Most Tedious Problem" -- 3.4.3 "If Querist Will Lay Out His Slide Rules" -- 3.4.4 "Equivalent to Millions of Dollars Annually" -- 3.5 "Speed Up Computations of Many Sorts" -- 3.6 "Uses Slide Rule" -- 3.7 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 4: "Like the Poor, the Harmonics Will Always Be with Us" -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 "Mathematician Par Excellence" -- 4.3 "A Marvel of Mechanical Skill and Mathematical Accuracy" -- 4.4 "Eminently Satisfactory" -- 4.5 "With a Reasonable Accuracy" -- 4.6 "Quickly and Easily" -- 4.7 "The Skill of the Expert Mechanical Technicians" -- 4.8 "Still Not the Ideal Analyzer" -- 4.9 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 5: "The Inner Satisfaction That Comes with Each Use of the Alignment Chart" -- 5.1 Introduction -- 5.2 "A Perfect Poem: The Most Lovely Exposition of Mathematics in Simple Form" -- 5.3 "A Convenient Table: A Welcomed Help" -- 5.4 "New Catechism of Electricity".

5.5 "It Would Lead Too Far to Explain Here in Detail the Laying Out of an Alignment Chart" -- 5.6 "Done Graphically Without the Computer Knowing Anything Whatever About the Mathematics" -- 5.7 "Mention Should Be Made of a Circle Diagram that Picturizes in a Most Simple and Practical Manner" -- 5.8 "Time-Honored Graphical Procedures Within a Modern Technical Framework" -- 5.9 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 6: "The Appearance of a Neatly Finished Box" -- 6.1 Introduction -- 6.2 "Cannot Be Altered Until the Operation Has Been Finished" -- 6.3 "The Miscalculation of Mains" -- 6.4 "Can Be Put in the Hands of a Girl" -- 6.5 "The True Automatic Machine Belongs to a Possible Rather Than an Actual Class" -- 6.6 "No Short Summary Can Be at All Complete" -- 6.7 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 7: Conclusion -- References -- Index.

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If one wanted an alternative title for this text, it might be Everything You Wanted to Know about the Slide Rule but Were Afraid to Ask. Tympas (National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens, Greece) traces the story of analog computing devices in the pre-electronic (or pre-digital) era, from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. The slide rule is the clear centerpiece of this book, but analyzers, graphs, and other calculating machines are all topics of interest here; in particular, the book celebrates the role that analog computing devices played in the Industrial Revolution. It also tells the stories of the original human "computers," who had a knack for quickly and accurately performing calculations with an analog computing device. Tympas's meticulous attention to detail is demonstrated by the extensive references provided at the end of each chapter. All the references are united in a cumulative reference section at the end of the book. There is also a well constructed, useful index. Just about the only thing missing, to this reviewer's eye, is mention of Pascal's famous arithmetic machine. An interesting addition to the literature on the history of math and technology. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --John Beidler, University of Scranton

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Dr. Aristotle Tympas is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece.

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