Chapter 4. Introduction to Computations in Chemical Engineering

It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could be safely relegated to anyone else if machines were used.

—Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz1

1. Leibniz’s fame as the co-inventor of calculus overshadows his contributions in many other fields, including those in the field of computations. He was one of the earliest pioneers in the development of mechanical calculators. Quotation source: http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Quotations/Leibniz.html

Chemical engineering, like all engineering disciplines, is a quantitative field; that is, it requires accurate solutions of problems having high mathematical complexity. A chemical engineer must ...

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