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John Napier
John Napier

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • give examples of factors that motivated Napier to invent calculation aids

  • understand how logarithms can turn multiplications into additions

  • give examples of how Napier’s work became known to mathematicians, astronomers and navigators

  • appreciate that presenting mathematical ideas in different ways can affect how easily (or not!) they are understood.