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Q: Contributions of john napier
A: John Napier is best remembered as the inventor of the first system of logarithms. A logarithm is the power to which a number, called the base, must be raised to produce a given number. [ Napier's work with logarithms was described in two Latin treatises, Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (1614; "A Description of the Wonderful Canon of Logarithms") and Mirifici logarithmorum canonis
constructio (1619; "The Construction of the Wonderful Canon of Logarithms"). This work was immediately recognized by other mathematicians as a great advance. Three hundred years later, in an essay marking the publication anniversary of the Descriptio, P. Hume Brown wrote that Napier's most notable achievement "has given him a high and permanent position in the history of European culture." Napier, the eighth laird of Merchiston, was born in 1550 at Merchiston Castle near Edinburgh, Scotland. He came from a line of influential noblemen and statesmen. His father, Sir Archibald Napier, was a prominent public figure who was allied with the Protestant cause. Among other roles, Sir Archibald served for more than 30 years as Master of the Mint. Sir Archibald's first wife and Napier's mother, Janet Bothwell, was the daughter of an Edinburgh burgess. ]
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