Series: A Random Walk through Mathematics and Computing Science

400 years of logarithms (1614-2014) - the story of John Napier of Merchiston

29 May ‘14


7.00PM - 8.00PM

Venue: Lecture Theatre B4, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Napier's discovery of logarithms, the division of Computing Science and Mathematics invites you to a final lecture in their series A Random Walk through Mathematics and Computing Science.

Join Dr Adam Kleczkowski and Donald Smith for their exploration of "400 years of logarithms (1614 - 2014)".

One of the most important discoveries in the history of mathematics was the invention in 1614 of logarithms as a calculating aid by the famous Scottish mathematician John Napier. This came at an opportune time for the great astronomers of the day who were making massive strides in their understanding of the movement of the planets. Those of a certain age will also remember using logarithms in school before the days of electronic calculators! To celebrate this quatercentenary we shall have a look at Napier's life and some of his other inventions as well as seeing why logarithms proved such an important breakthrough.

Further information is available at http://www.maths.stir.ac.uk/lectures.

RSVP: All welcome. No need to book a place in advance

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