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Napier's work
Posted:
Oct 16, 2001 2:33 PM



Toeplitz' book is indeed a nice one, but Jerry is somewhat casual about what he has to say concerning the creation of logs. Napier died in 1617, before Newton was born, hence didn't think in terms of derivatives, though of course one could interpret some of his work in the light of calculus. Toeplitz mostly discusses logs from Napier's point of view.
I also like the Monthly article "What is a Napierian Logarithm" by Raymond Ayoub (April, 1993). This piece is based entirely on Napier's own "Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Constructio" (1619 posth.).
 Mark
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