Book, A Short Table of Integrals


Before the widespread availability of sophisticated electronic calculators, students studying calculus often purchased tables of commonly used integrals. This is one such table, initially prepared by Benjamin Osgood Peirce (1854-1918), Hollis Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. The pamphlet Peirce published in 1889 was thirty-two pages long with a listing of some 264 integrals, 15 auxiliary formulae, and a few useful mathematical tables. It was republished several times over the years. By the time this third edition appeared in 1929, Peirce was dead and the book had expanded to 156 pages.

This example of the book was owned by the German- American statistician, mathematician and computer pioneer Carl Hammer (1914-2004).


Archibald, Raymond Claire, Mathematical Table Makers: Portraits, Pointings, Busts, Monuments BioBibliographical Notes, New York: Scripta Mathematica, 1948, pp. 67-68. Archibald indicates that the 1929 third revised edition of Peirce's Short Table of Integrals was prepared by William F. Osgood.

Date Made: 1929

Maker: Peirce, Benjamin O.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Subject: Mathematics


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Credit Line: Gift of Carl Hammer

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.3105.10Nonaccession Number: 1988.3105Catalog Number: 1988.3105.10

Object Name: Book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1.3 cm x 15 cm x 21.2 cm; 1/2 in x 5 29/32 in x 8 11/32 in


Record Id: nmah_905149

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