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John Napier

Mathematician John Napier

Profession: Mathematician


Biography: Discovered mathematical logarithms.

Napier also invented the so-called "Napier's bones" and made common the use of the decimal point in arithmetic and mathematics.

He was born on an unrecorded day in Merchiston Tower in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1550.

Born: February 1, 1550
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: April 4, 1617 (aged 67)
Cause of Death: Gout

Historical Events

  • 1594-01-29 Mathematician John Napier dedicates his "Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John" to King James VI, predicts end of the world in 1688 or 1700

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