Astronomy

John Napier

John Napier, the “Marvellous Merchiston” (as he was known in his day), was a Scottish landowner, mathematician, physicist, astronomer and discoverer of logarithms invented the so-called ‘Napier’s bones’, and made common the use of the decimal point. He was enrolled in St Salvator’s College, St Andrews at the age of 13, and it is suspected …

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James Gregory

The Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and first Regius Professor of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, James Gregory, was one of the three inventors of calculus and the first to write a textbook concerning it (hence why calculus was taught at St Andrews a hundred years before it was on the curriculum at the University …

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