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History of actuarial tables

Christopher Lewin and Margaret De Valois

in The History of Mathematical Tables

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780198508410
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191708831 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508410.003.0004
 History of actuarial tables

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Actuaries make financial sense of the future by combining techniques of risk and finance. The actuarial profession was formed in 1848 but long before then mathematicians were producing tables in these two areas, starting with the relatively simple concepts of compound interest and probabilities of survival. This chapter shows how actuarial tables have developed over the past four centuries.

Keywords: actuaries; mathematical tables; numerical tables; compound interest tables

Chapter.  9008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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