The History of Leith

October 29, 2008

John Napier

John Napier of Merchistoun (1550 – 4 April 1617) – also signed as Neper, Nepair – named Marvellous Merchiston, was a Scottish mathematician, physicist, astronomer/astrologer and 8th Laird of Merchistoun, son of Sir Archibald Napier of Merchiston. He is most remembered as the inventor of logarithms and Napier’s bones, and for popularizing the use of the decimal point. Napier’s birth place, Merchiston Tower, Edinburgh, Scotland, is now part of Napier University. After dying of gout, Napier was buried in St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh. for more click here

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