Tomash Publishers, 1982; ISBN 0-262-08141-5, Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Computing, 384 pages, illustrations, notes.
Condition: Near Fine, large maroon cloth hardcover, titles in gilt on cover and spine; binding is secure and tight, pages clean, unmarked.
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Item DescriptionNew introduction by M. R. Williams, orig. published 1914. Handbook of the Napier Tercentenary Celebration or Modern Instruments and Methods of Calculation
This volume reprints what is likely the best possible English-language description of the machines and techniques used for calculating during the years just before the First World War. Careful study of it will yield many surprising gems. (from the Introduction)
Includes Sections on Napier's Life and Works; Loan Collection, antiquarian (mainly a list of items on display at the exhibition, entitled, Napier's Relics); Mathematical Tables; Calculating Machines; The Abacus and Slide Rules; Other Mathematical Laboratory Instruments;
Ruled Papers and Nomograms; Mathematical Models which were on display; For anyone who has the fortitude to read through the entire Handbook (and even those who cheat by simply flipping to the end) there exists one last reward, a series of marvelous old advertisements, for everything from books that are now impossible to obtian to a magical typewriter that appears to deal with 300 changes of type for 30 different languages but whose operator never needs to know how it works... (from the introduction) mb6.