17 June 2008
BOOLE, George (1815-1864). A Treatise on the Calculus of Finite Differences. Cambridge and London: Macmillan and Co., 1860.
8o. 16-page publisher's ads bound at end. Original cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (spine cracked, some wear at joints).
FIRST EDITION. The method of finite differences was used to calculate tables of logarithms, sines, tangents and other mathematical functions, as well as actuarial tables, tables of interest, astronomical and navigational tables. Charles Babbage's Difference Engine was designed to make use of this method. Origins of Cyberspace 226.
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