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John Napier was a famous Scottish theologian and mathematician who lived between 1550 and 1617.  He spent his entire life seeking knowledge, and working to devise better ways of doing everything from growing crops to performing mathematical calculations.  Napier was so intelligent, many of the locals believed him to be in league with the Devil, but such claims never went further than the rumor mill, In fact, Napier himself, and ardent protestant,  accused the Pope of being the Anti-Christ, and in a document he considered to be his finest achievement, went as far as predicting the end of the world.

In addition to being an educated man, Napier was also a nobleman, a baron, the 7th Laird of Merchiston, and owner of a considerable estate.  Napier was loved by all, and he was respected by many illustrious scientists and mathematicians of the age, to the point of being considered some sort of scientific superstar, with "fans" awaiting his next publication the way we await the release of a movie or pop album.

Napier's "greatest hits" include such groundbreaking texts as A Description of the Admirable Table of Logarithms, and his invention of divining rods used as multiplication tables.  To learn more about this fascinating man who will forever have a place of honor alongside such great names as Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Tycho Brahe, and other luminaries in the history of science, simply select your destination from our menu.


John Napier's works are believed to be in the public domain, and have been transcribed from an original translation by Edward Wright (1616).
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Last modified: December 23, 2002