John Napier

John Napier

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  • John Napier was born on 2/1/1550 in Merchiston Castle. He died on 4/4/1617 at age 66 or 67.
  • When he was born, his parents were about 16 years old. their names are Janet Bothwell and Sir Archibald Napier John Napier didn't start formal school until 13 years old.
  • rules of circular parts
  • Logarithms
  • He was home schooled until 13. For college he went to St. Salvation's college.
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  • Later he bought a castle in Gartness in 1574. During this time he also got married and began raising a family of ten more children with Agnes Chisholm. In total he had 12 kids (including first marriage)
  • He wrote a book about Rules of Circular parts and one on Tables of Natural Logarithms. He also improved Stevin's decimal notation.
  • Professor Henry Briggs and John Napier refined his logarithms by constructing tables for logarithms. He also was credited with creating one of the earliest calculating machines.
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