John Napier

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  • About John
  • Family, Childhood, And Adolescence
  • Education
  • I MADE IT!!!!!!
  • John Napier, born on February 1, 1550, grew up to be a mathematician and a theological writer. He lived in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • Personal Life
  • Growing up, John's father Sir Archibald Napier, was a very wealthy landowner. While his mother, Janet Bothwell, was the daughter of the politician and judge Francis Bothwell. They were a very happy family.
  • What Is He Famous For?
  • At the age of 13, Napier was sent to St Salvator's collage, St Andrews, for his formal education. He then found an interest in theology while he was at school. And with his love for religion, Napier dominated his life til the very end.
  • How Do We Use This Today
  • As John got older, he got married with Elizabeth Stirling. Together, they had a beautiful older daughter (Janet Napier), and a handsome younger son (Francis Napier). They grew up very happy together with their family, and especially with each other.
  • John was a very famous mathematician around his time. Logarithms and modern decimal notations were also introduced by him. Napier also created 4 new kinds of weapons during a scheme called "Spanish Blanks".
  • Today, we use things such as decimal notation to figure out where to put it when you solve an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problem. This is a very useful and we see them mostly on things like checks and receipt after you pay for things.
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