@inbook{10.2307/j.ctt7t8q5.6,
ISBN = {9780691141343},
URL = {http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7t8q5.6},
abstract = {For many of us—at least those who completed our college education after 1980—logarithms are a theoretical subject, taught in an introductory algebra course as part of the function concept. But until the late 1970s logarithms were still widely used as a computational device, virtually unchanged from Briggs’s common logarithms of 1624. The advent of the hand-held calculator has made their use obsolete.Let us say it is the year 1970 and we are asked to compute the expression$x = \sqrt[3]{{(493.8\cdot{{23.67}^2}/5.104)}}$.For this task we need a table of four-place common logarithms (which can still be found at the back},
bookauthor = {Eli Maor},
booktitle = {"e": The Story of a Number},
pages = {18--22},
publisher = {Princeton University Press},
title = {Computing with Logarithms},
year = {1994}
}