A new book about John Napier
In October 2017 the book “The seed of calculation and computation” NAPIER had been published by RBA in Maths Geniuses collection, number 32.
This work has taken us to Edinburgh, where we were able to enjoy the “Rabdologiae” 1617 in our hands, observe the “Napier’s bones” in the “promptuary” that is kept in the Archaeological Museum of Madrid.
The book is divided into 6 chapters:
Napier: a mad sorcerer?
Abacus people versus algorithm people
The Napier’s bones
The tabulating art
The numbers of the reason
This is how the logarithm sounds