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Logs make an Impact: Kepler’s Third Law

It was only a few short years after Napier’s discovery of logarithms that they made their first, and lasting, impact on the sciences. They were instrumental in uncovering the most important of Kepler’s Laws of planetary motion. The German astronomer … Continue reading

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Napier’s Discovery of Logs

Logarithms were discovered by the Scottish mathematician John Napier in the early 1600’s. Napier was looking for ways to speed up arithmetic, and also developed what are now called Napier’s bones towards the same purpose. But we’ll focus on logs … Continue reading

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