Title

Creating Napier’s Logarithms

Date

5-29-2014 11:30 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 1:30 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Mathematics

Session Chair

Michael Ward

Session Title

History of Mathematics Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Michael Ward

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Today, we can easily compute complex mathematical calculations by punching a few buttons on a calculator. Before this ease of calculations, mathematicians and scientists alike spent much of the their valuable research time, performing mundane calculations. John Napier devised a table that would reduce harder calculations such as multiplying and dividing large numbers into nothing harder than adding and subtracting. His work lead to the discovery of logarithms. We will take a look at John Napier and his logarithms as he explained them in Mirifici Logarithmurum Canonis Construction.

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May 29th, 11:30 AM May 29th, 1:30 PM

Creating Napier’s Logarithms

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Today, we can easily compute complex mathematical calculations by punching a few buttons on a calculator. Before this ease of calculations, mathematicians and scientists alike spent much of the their valuable research time, performing mundane calculations. John Napier devised a table that would reduce harder calculations such as multiplying and dividing large numbers into nothing harder than adding and subtracting. His work lead to the discovery of logarithms. We will take a look at John Napier and his logarithms as he explained them in Mirifici Logarithmurum Canonis Construction.