Last summer a fellow nomography enthusiast and friend, Joe Marasco, e-troduced me to the editor of the Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications (UMAP) Journal, with the idea of submitting my original 3-part nomography essay on this blog for publication. The experience I’ve had on this project with Paul Campbell, a professor at Beloit College and the editor of the journal, has been superb. In addition to his enthusiastic support on the article, he invited me to give talks on nomography and sundials at the college, which I thoroughly enjoyed doing last September.
The article, a significantly revised version of my blog essay, has now been published in the UMAP Journal, and per the standard agreement I can post the PDF of the article here for anyone to download. More information and a link to the article are below.
A blog article is quite a different animal from a journal article, but fortunately the On Jargon feature of the journal is intended for expository articles. In writing it I expanded the topics of the original essay while abbreviating or eliminating other areas. For example, grid nomograms are now included in the article along with a method for creating the initial determinant of an equation without guesswork. In addition, 21 new nomograms were created for the article using PyNomo software—some will look familiar from my PyNomo essay and calendar. But the original blog essay proceeds at a more relaxed pace, and it includes more of my thoughts on today’s status of nomograms at the end. For this reason I certainly recommend my original essay as well, particularly as a first introduction to nomography.
So if you’d like to read the article, here’s the link:
The journal has a small 6″x9″ page format, so you may find the text to be a bit large when it’s printed. On the other hand, the figures are vector-drawn and will be shown larger than in the journal (in fact, you can zoom and print them on large paper for use). You can select a smaller paper size when printing if you like the smaller format.
I’d like to thank another friend and nomography advocate, Leif Roschier, for writing the PyNomo software I used to create the nomograms. I can’t imagine drawing them in any other way.
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