It’s amazing the things one finds while scavenging.
E. R. Love was Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Melbourne in the latter half of the 20th Century. Last year we wrote about Professor Love and about the loss of, the forgetting of, the scholarly tradition that he represented. A few days ago commenter tom noted Professor Love’s towering and intelligent presence in Victorian exams, before the lunatics took over the asylum. A couple weeks ago we stumbled across an example of that presence.
Embedded below are notes on logarithms that Professor Love wrote, presumably for teachers, seemingly in 1960.* Readers are welcome to compare Professor Love’s treatment with that in the draft curriculum (also discussed here in 2.2.1), or that in the current curriculum, or that in any recent Australian textbook.
*) We had thought to title this post The Love of Logarithms, but that was too much a stretch. No one has ever loved logarithms; they’ve merely appreciated them, which was sufficient. The photo of Professor Love above appears, uncredited, in Counting Australia In, Graeme Cohen’s history of Australian mathematics.