John Napier

1550 - 1617

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John Napier was a Scottish scholar who is best known for his invention of logarithms, but other mathematical contributions include a mnemonic for formulas used in solving spherical triangles and two formulas known as Napier's analogies.
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List of References (19 books/articles)

Some Quotations (3)

A Poster of John Napier

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. A comment about Napier
  2. A Napierian logarithm before Napier
  3. Napierian logarithms explained by Pietro Mengoli
  4. Napier's rods
  5. Gibson History 4 - John Napier

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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. The Galileo Project
  1. Ian Bruce
  2. GMFW (A 1606 English version of Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio)

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