#### 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.

#### Recommended Citation

Hess, Kathleen, "Creating Napier’s Logarithms" (2014). *Academic Excellence Showcase Schedule*. 301.

http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/aes_event/2014/all/301

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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.