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John Napier

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This free course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After 40 years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.

By the end of this free course you should:

  • understand the significance of John Napier's contributions to mathematics;
  • give examples of the factors that influenced Napier's mathematical work.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 3 hours
  • Updated Thursday 11th October 2012
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Mathematics
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John Napier


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This unit provides an overview of John Napier and his work on logarithms. It discusses his approach to this lasting invention and looks at the key players who worked with him, including Briggs, Wright and Kepler.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Topics in the history of mathematics (MA290) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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