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We read that Charles Babbage was interested in building a machine to tabulate polynomial functions. This came from writing a book of log tables.

Here we see an example of how to use a log table: enter image description here

My question is: Did Charles Babbage lay out his log table (from his book) like this?

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Yes and No.

There is a wonderful mathematical simplicity to the way that Charles Babbage lays out his log tables.

On the first couple of pages he lays it out like this:

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Then when he gets to the thousands, he lays it out like this:

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