Scott, Paul J. and Forbes, Alistair B. (2012) Mathematics for modern precision engineering. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 370 (1973). pp. 4066-4088. ISSN 1364-503X

The aim of precision engineering is the accurate control of geometry. For this reason, mathematics has a long association with precision engineering: from the calculation and correction of angular scales used in surveying and astronomical instrumentation to statistical-averaging techniques used to increase precision. This study illustrates the enabling role the mathematical sciences are playing in precision engineering: modelling physical processes, instruments and complex geometries, statistical characterization of metrology systems and error compensation.

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