Definition of John Napier
1. Noun. Scottish mathematician who invented logarithms; introduced the use of the decimal point in writing numbers (1550-1617).
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1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Between John Craig and John Napier l friendship sprang up which may have been due to their common taste for mathematics. There are extant three letters from ..."
2. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies by John Burke, Bernard Burke (1844)
"SIR John Napier, who had been created n BARONET 4th March, ... John Napier, a younger sou of Sir Alexander Napier, ..."
3. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1834)
"I.—Memoirs of John Napier of Merchiston, his Lineage, Life, and Times; with a History of the Invention of Logarithms. by MARK NAPIER. 4to. ..."
4. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1834)
"Memoirs of John Napier of Merchiston, his Lineage, Life, and Times. By Mark Napier, Esq. Edinburgh, 4to. 1834. pp. 535. '"PHIS is an elaborate work, ..."
5. Napier Tercentenary Memorial Volume by Cargill Gilston Knott (1915)
"... University of Edinburgh Writing about the middle of the eighteenth century, David Hume proclaimed John Napier of Merchiston as ' the person to whom the ..."
6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The celebrated John Napier of Merchiston was born in this weather-beaten ... There is a view of Merchiston tower in Mr Mark Napier's Memoir» of John Napier, ..."
7. Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology by Joseph Thomas (1901)
"See " Life, Writings, and Inventions of John Napier," by EARL OK ... of John Napier," 1834: HUTTON, "Mathematical Dictionary;" CHAMBERS, ..."