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Scotsman John Napier is best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However,...
Scotsman John Napier is 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 forty years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.
By the end of this unit you should:
- understand the significance of John Napier's contributions to mathematics;
- give examples of the factors that influenced Napier's mathematical work.
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.
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