## Logarithms

How do you write numbers with a wide range in a way that is much easier to make sense of the information? Use logarithmic scales!

Logarithms are a way of writing numbers where the log of a base equals the exponent.

The person who developed this method of expressing values was a Scottish man named John Napier, who lived from 1550 to 1617.

In 1614, just 3 years before he died, Napier published his method on using logarithms, or logs, for short. It took him 20 years to develop his method.

The word logarithm, coined by Napier, is a combination of the Greek words Logos (or ratio) and arithmos (or number).

Around the same time, a Swiss man named Jobst Burgi had also been working on the concept of logarithms. He may have come up with the idea a few years earlier than Napier, but he didn't publish his work until 1620, 6 years after Napier's publication on the idea. Although Burgi may have discovered logarithms independently, he is not as well known for this type of work as Napier is.

Logarithms are a way of writing numbers where the log of a base equals the exponent.

The person who developed this method of expressing values was a Scottish man named John Napier, who lived from 1550 to 1617.

In 1614, just 3 years before he died, Napier published his method on using logarithms, or logs, for short. It took him 20 years to develop his method.

The word logarithm, coined by Napier, is a combination of the Greek words Logos (or ratio) and arithmos (or number).

Around the same time, a Swiss man named Jobst Burgi had also been working on the concept of logarithms. He may have come up with the idea a few years earlier than Napier, but he didn't publish his work until 1620, 6 years after Napier's publication on the idea. Although Burgi may have discovered logarithms independently, he is not as well known for this type of work as Napier is.