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John Napier was born in Merchiston Edinburgh in 1550 He was known as Marvelous Merchiston for his genius and imagination When he was just 13 years old when he attended St Salvadors College University of St Andrews Although he attended the school he left it without graduating Not much is know about Napiers life outside of mathematics It is know however that he married his first wife Elizabeth who bore him one son but she died in less than a years time His second wife Agnes Chisholm bore him 5 sons and 5 daughters It is easy to say that Napier made one of the greatest advances in mathematical history His work on logarithms has definitely aided others in their discoveries Without logarithms people like Kepler and Newton could have made their planetary discoveries much later on in time if not at all His work Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Description had thirty-seven pages of explanations and ninety pages of math tables which helped to further understand astronomy Among his other inventions were rods or bones which were used in multiplication In an appendix Napier also gave another explanation of multiplication using metal plates This work was the earliest known attempt at a mechanical means of calculation making him the grandfather of our modern day calculator He also was a great supporter of the decimal fraction system It appears as though he was the one who introduced this system into common usage therefore eliminating all use of a notation to show a fractional position Napier made some great discoveries and is considered to be a great scientist like Einstein Thanks to him though we have easier methods of doing complicated things
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