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The Life and Works of John Napier

  • Brian Rice
  • Enrique González-Velasco
  • Alexander Corrigan
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 1-60
  3. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 61-96
  4. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 97-390
  5. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 391-474
  6. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 475-647
  7. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 649-749
  8. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 751-808
  9. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 809-941
  10. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 943-974
  11. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 975-980
  12. Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan
    Pages 981-994

About this book

Introduction

For the first time, all five of John Napier’s works have been brought together in English in a single volume, making them more accessible than ever before. His four mathematical works were originally published in Latin: two in his lifetime (1550–1617), one shortly after he died, and one over 200 years later. The authors have prepared three introductory chapters, one covering Napier himself, one his mathematical works, and one his religious work. The former has been prepared by one of Napier’s descendants and contains many new findings about Napier’s life to provide the most complete biography of this enigmatic character, whose reputation has previously been overshadowed by rumour and speculation. The latter has been written by an academic who was awarded a PhD for his thesis on Napier at the University of Edinburgh, and it provides the most lucid and coherent coverage available of this abstruse and little understood work. The chapter on Napier’s mathematical texts has been authored by an experienced and respected academic, whose recent works have specialised in the history of mathematics and whose Journey through Mathematics was selected in March of 2012 as an Outstanding Title in Mathematics by Choice magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. All three authors have revisited the primary sources extensively and deliver new insights about Napier and his works, whilst revising the many myths and assumptions that surround his life and character.

Keywords

logarithms science religion early Modern Scotland De Arte Logistica

Authors and affiliations

  • Brian Rice
    • 1
  • Enrique González-Velasco
    • 2
  • Alexander Corrigan
    • 3
  1. 1.HorshamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts at LowellLowellUSA
  3. 3.School of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh, New College, Mound PlaceEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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