The History of Leith

September 20, 2012

John Napier

John Napier of Merchiston (1550 – 4 April 1617) – also signed as Neper, Nepair – named Marvellous Merchiston, was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, astronomer and astrologer. He was the 8th Laird of Merchistoun. John Napier is best known as the discoverer of logarithms. He was also the inventor of the so-called “Napier’s bones”. Napier also made common the use of the decimal point in arithmetic and mathematics. Napier’s birthplace, the Merchiston Tower in Edinburgh, Scotland, is now part of the facilities of Edinburgh Napier University. After his death from the effects of gout, Napier’s remains were buried in St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh. for more click here

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