common logarithm

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common logarithm

[¦käm·ən ′läg·ə‚rith·əm]
(mathematics)
The exponent in the representation of a number as a power of 10. Also known as Briggsian logarithm; Briggs' logarithm.
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The electronic calculator was a big improvement on logarithm tables when I was at school and yet there were adults against that.
Once he had set the other geniuses in the class to work he would call me over to his desk, sit me down, and painstakingly, day by day and week by week, reveal the hidden magic of the logarithm tables, the balanced perfection of quadratic equations, and the graceful logic of the theorems.
He noticed that the first few pages of his logarithm tables books were more worn than the last few and from this he surmised that he was consulting the first pages--which gave the logs of numbers with low digits--more often.