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How To Numerically Integrate Like A Mathematician

I have a guest post that I mean to put up shortly which is a spinoff of the talk last month about calculating logarithms. There are several ways to define a logarithm but one of the most popular is to define it as an integral. 1,909 more words

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Letting The Computer Do The Hard Work

Sometime in late August or early September 1994 I had one of those quietly astounding moments on a computer. It would have been while using Maple, a program capable of doing symbolic mathematics. 656 more words

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Without Machines That Think About Logarithms

I’ve got a few more thoughts about calculating logarithms, based on how the Harvard IBM Automatic Sequence-Controlled Calculator did things, and wanted to share them. I also have some further thoughts coming up shortly courtesy my first guest blogger, which is exciting to me. 961 more words

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Machines That Think About Logarithms

I confess that I picked up Edmund Callis Berkeley’s Giant Brains: Or Machines That Think, originally published 1949, from the library shelf as a source of cheap ironic giggles. 873 more words

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Writing About E (Not By Me)

It’s tricky to write about . That is, it’s not a difficult thing to write about, but it’s hard to find the audience for this number. 206 more words

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