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This course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After 40 years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.

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This course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After 40 years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.

Introduction

This course provides an overview of John Napier and his work on logarithms. It discusses his approach to this lasting invention and looks at the key players who worked with him, including Briggs, Wright and Kepler. This course provides a sample of Level 2 study in Mathematics

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand the significance of John Napier's contributions to mathematics
  • Give examples of the factors that influenced Napier's mathematical work.

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