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Napier Revisited or a New Look at the Computation of His Logarithms (2014)


After 400 years it seems improbable that something new can be said about the way Napier computed his logarithms. Time has passed over these logarithms and made them as well as the ways of their computation obsolete almost immediately after their publication. In particular we had to wait exactly 270 years until a translation of the Latin original of the Constructio into English came into being, and this shows clearly that the interest in Napier's work is confined to the realm of history. But even there we find nothing but the facts which are well known for almost two centuries. In contrast, we propose to follow the path opened by one of us and to have a new and fresh look at the rules and methods which had to be formulated from scratch by John Napier, as well as their possible applications.

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Authors & Contributors
Rashed, Roshdi
Domingo Martínez-Verdú
Enrique González-Velasco
Alexander Corrigan
Linero-Bas, Antonio
Brian Rice
Historia Mathematica
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
British Journal for the History of Mathematics
Studies in History of Medicine and Science
Science in Context
Princeton University Press
National Museums of Scotland Publishing
El Colegio de Mexico
diffusion Blanchard
Napier, John
Descartes, René
Bails, Benito
Zaragoza, José de
Spinoza, Baruch
Spence, William
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279)
British Isles

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