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John Napier : life, logarithms, and legacy

Author: Julian Havil
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Napier; John Napier; John Napier
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Havil
ISBN: 0691155704 9780691155708 9780691143422 0691143420
OCLC Number: 780333804
Description: xv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Life and lineage --
Revelation and recognition --
A new tool for calculation --
Constructing the canon --
Analogue and digital computers --
Logistics : the art of computing well --
Legacy.
Responsibility: Julian Havil.
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The ancient Greeks discovered them, but it wasn't until the nineteenth century that irrational numbers were properly understood and rigorously defined, and even today not all their mysteries have  Read more...

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