(Found) ID short story - rediscovery of arithmetic

Tonitru

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I'm trying to find a short story I'm pretty sure is by Asimov. The only thing I remember about the title is that it is not an obvious giveaway. The plot is that in the not-too-far future, universal portable personal computers (iPad, anyone?) have resulted in the forgetting of arithmetic. An off-beat amateur rediscovers simple multiplication etc. There's a war on, and the rediscovery of pen-and-paper arithmetic becomes (somewhat improbably) a crucial secret weapon. Probably written before 1960.
 

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That's the one! I even have an ebook copy; I just couldn't remember the title.
 

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