anyone here know what log tables are?

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  1. andrew markworthy

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    I went into several book stores yesterday and asked for some log tables. In every one I got absolutely blank faces, and in one instance the assistant gave me a look as if I'd asked for 'Nuns and Donkeys - the Illustrated Edition' (goodness knows what she thought log tables were, but I thought she was going to call the manager).

    Now I should mention that all the assistants I spoke to were obviously not stupid. When I got home I checked on the UK Amazon site and couldn't find any log tables in stock. I have sets of tables in the back of a couple of old textbooks so I guess I'll just copy those.

    Are log tables unknown to anyone under 30? (I know you can calculate logs on a calculator, but I just wanted to demonstrate how the tables worked to my son).
     
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    Yeah, I've seen them before... I believe even in 7th grade middle school, I learned how to interpolate and figure out logarithms that you couldn't just look up. But then I'm 31 so I don't fall under your category. Of course, the next day, you learn about calculators!!!! [​IMG]
    You can probably find them on the net, I'd imagine?
    jay
     
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    I'm 28 and I know what they are[​IMG]
     
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    You can make your own in Excel if you know how.
     
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    Andrew
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    The CRC handbook has log tables (at least the edition I have) and all sorts of fun things ...Fourier Transforms, Constants of all sorts. Very useful book in many ways.
    The log tables came in handy in a few exams when my calculator died. It's always good to have a back up in important situations
    Grant
     
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    I dont know how search engines work but this struck me as funny when I put your fictious book in the search box

    Books Search Results: we were unable to find exact matches for your search for Nuns and Donkeys - the Illustrated Edition .

    Close matches for this search:

    * The Official Guide for GMAT Review (10th Edition)
    * Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual
    * Special Edition Using Microsoft Office XP
     
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    Grant, aren't there forum rules restricting what sort of smut we can mention?
    I mean, nuns and donkeys are fine, but The Official Guide for GMAT Review (10th Edition)? Isn't that overstepping the mark? [​IMG]
     
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    Don't they have those at camp grounds?
     
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    A logarithm. Isn't that a birth control device for Catholic lumberjacks?
     
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    Thought the microsoft reference was smuttier than the GMAT.
    Dont they have Nun donkey shows in Mexico?
     
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    Well I'm 22 and know what log tables are. However, I will note that it became clear what you were asking for when you mentioned math because at first I really did think you were talking about wooden log tables and chairs. Maybe if you had said "logarithm table" instead you wouldn't have gotten such strange looks.
     
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    I'm 42 and remember using Log Tables back at school in the UK

    I think if you wanted to multiply two numbers together (not 2 or 6 , rather 2.3434 X 5.7643) BEFORE CALCULATORS WERE INVENTED, you looked up the "logs" of the two numbers, added them together then looked up the "antilog" of the sum to get the product of the two original numbers

    I was so glad I learned to use a slide rule......
     
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    Who needs log tables now that the slide rule has been invented? [​IMG]
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    Andrew, in that case I don't know what to say. Obviously these folks didn't make it past 8th grade (I learned what they were long before then, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt).

    I can understand the confusion based on "log tables" but once you explained you were referring to logarithm, then the light bulb should have come on. Of course, its sounds like their bulbs are a bit too dim (or not lit at all)?
     
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    Dennis, too funny. [​IMG]
     

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