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Unformatted text preview: and set forth the concept of logarithms and published the first table of them. While doing this, he also systematized trigonometry and was important in the acceptance of systematic use of decimal notation. He also invented many mechanical devices used for math, such as "Napier's Bones", which were devices used to aid multiplication. His father, Sir Archibald Napier, was a wealthy Gentry and government official who left his estate to his son. John Napier then lived out his life until 1617, when he died at the age of sixty-seven....
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