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  • Just as subtraction undoes addition and division undoes multiplication, logarithms undo exponents.
  • You use logarithms, you twit!
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Up to a point that was right: men were for that, beam and idea, girder and logarithm; but somehow Dick and Nicole had become one and equal, not opposite and complementary; she was Dick too, the drought in the marrow of his bones.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • What about your logarithms?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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  • But it is best not to be intimate with gentlemen of this profession and to take the calculations at second hand, as you do logarithms, for to work them yourself, depend upon it, will cost you something considerable.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Besides, they are logarithms—Survey, I suppose.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A man of breeding and refrigerated intelligence, he ordered his life like a table of logarithms.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • If it’s Security you want, or that Bessie wants for you, your M.A. will at least always qualify you to pass out logarithm tables at any dreary boys’ prep school in the country, and most colleges.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Only an idiot-savant, someone intoxicated with logarithms and railroad timetables, would know when the moon rises.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Take logarithms— logarithms might not be used for generations, but when it came time to log a couple of rhythms, thenů. he went to sleep.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky

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  • He’d sit a boy down and ask him what his intentions were, where were we going and when would we be back and what is a logarithm.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • All purpose with him was broken by a thousand impulses: his brain stammered as did his tongue, and as he turned impatiently and irritably to the logarithm tables, he muttered the number of the page in idiot repetition, keeping up a constant wild vibration of his leg upon the ball of his foot.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more incidents or adventures in the world.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Take logarithms— logarithms might not be used for generations, but when it came time to log a couple of rhythms, thenů. he went to sleep.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • "Logarithms!" I was so tired.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • I, for instance, would not be in the least surprised if all of a sudden, A PROPOS of nothing, in the midst of general prosperity a gentleman with an ignoble, or rather with a reactionary and ironical, countenance were to arise and, putting his arms akimbo, say to us all: "I say, gentleman, hadn’t we better kick over the whole show and scatter rationalism to the winds, simply to send these logarithms to the devil, and to enable us to live once more at our own sweet foolish will!"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
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