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Early Tables Resembling Those of Natural Logarithms (2016)


That natural logarithms may be constructed from Napier's logarithms is no surprise to a modern mathematician, but the thought that this might have been done within ten years of Napier's original publication seems a historical impossibility, since by that time, most of the modern constituents of the notion had not been conceived. Nonetheless the practical use of Napier's tables required interpolation, and the systematization of that interpolation generated a new table with a remarkable similarity to natural logarithms. This interpolation table was later extended by Speidell to stand alongside his ‘New Logarithms’, as an alternative form.

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Authors & Contributors
Havil, Julian
Craik, Alex D. D.
Domingo Martínez-Verdú
Zeinab Karimian
Linero-Bas, Antonio
Massa Esteve, María Rosa
Historia Mathematica
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
British Journal for the History of Mathematics
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Transactions - Newcomen Society for the Study of the History of Engineering and Technology
Studies in History of Medicine and Science
Princeton University Press
El Colegio de Mexico
Tables; catalogs; lists
Irrational numbers
Napier, John
Euler, Leonhard
Bails, Benito
ʿAlī Muḥammad Iṣfahānī
Gauss, Carl Friedrich
Zaragoza, José de
Time Periods
19th century
17th century
18th century
16th century
20th century
Qajar dynasty, Iran (1794-1925)
Great Britain
Istanbul Teknik Universitesi
British Association for the Advancement of Science

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