The agony and the ecstasy – the development of logarithms by Henry Briggs

  title={The agony and the ecstasy – the development of logarithms by Henry Briggs},
  author={Ian R. Bruce},
  journal={The Mathematical Gazette},
  pages={216 - 227}
  • I. Bruce
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • History
  • The Mathematical Gazette
Two recent papers published elsewhere set out the original development of logarithms by John Napier: in spreadsheets are used, and the computation of these logarithms is well within the grasp of a student looking for an unusual PC based project. It is an interesting exercise to continue the computer aided investigation of the subsequent development of tables of logarithms in the early 17th century by that other major participant, Henry Briggs (1560–1631): only now can previously unknown flaws… 
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