Technically elegant but nearly forgotten
August 1, 2011 5:55 AM Subscribe
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Ron Doerfler's Dead Reckonings - Lost Art in the Mathematical Sciences
is a collection of essays, in weblog format, on historical techniques in mathematical sciences, antique scientific instruments and other related topics.
A sampling of the topics covered follows. He has written about lightning calculators, magnetic deviation
and navigation and nomography,
the art of representing mathematical relationships and facilitating calculations with figures.
Many essays are in multiple parts, with the parts always posted sequentially. There are also PDF versions suitable for printing (the links for these are just before the comments sections).