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John Napier

(1550—1617) mathematician

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computer science

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Computing.

The study of computers, their underlying principles and use. It comprises topics such as: programming; information structures; software engineering; programming languages; compilers and...

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Edward Wright

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1558–1615),

English mathematician, born in Garveston (Norfolk) and educated at Caius College, Cambridge, where he afterwards held a fellowship from 1587 to 1596. In 1589 he...

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Henry Briggs

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Mathematics.

(1561–1630) English mathematician

Born in Warley Wood, Briggs became a fellow of Cambridge University in 1588 and was later made a lecturer (1592) and a professor (1596) of...

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John Craig

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

John Craig was the son of an Edinburgh merchant related to the Craigs of Craigfintray, Aberdeenshire. His father is said to have continued Catholic after the Reformation, so after taking an...

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Jost Bürgi

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1552–1632),

Swiss clockmaker, instrument-maker, and mathematician. He served from 1579 to 1592 as maker of clocks, mechanical globes, and astronomical instruments to the Landgrave...

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logarithm

Overview page. Subjects: Mathematics.

The logarithm to base a(>0) of a positive number b is denoted by log a b=x, where a x =b. Logarithms have the...

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William Oughtred

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Science and Mathematics.

(1575–1660) English mathematician

Oughtred was born at Eton and educated at the famous school there (where his father taught writing) and at Cambridge University. He was ordained a...

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