Who invented Logarithm Tables?

A. John Napier
B. John Doe
C. John Harrison
D. John Douglas
E. None of above

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The correct answer is A) John Napier.

John Napier invented logarithm tables. He was a Scottish mathematician and physicist who lived in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He is best known for his invention of logarithms, which he published in his book “Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis descriptio” (Description of the Marvelous Canon of Logarithms) in 1614. In this book, he presented the logarithms of the numbers from 1 to 20,000 and their logarithmic sines, tangents and secants, along with the means to compute them for any numbers in a similar range, together with the logarithmic tables which are now commonly known as Napier’s logarithms.

The invention of logarithms was a significant mathematical breakthrough and it revolutionized many fields of science, including astronomy and navigation. It made complex calculations, especially the multiplication and division, much simpler and faster. Logarithms were widely adopted, and tables of logarithms were printed in many books and widely used by scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
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