John Napier, Scottish mathematician

John Napier, Scottish mathematician

C016/8859 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.1MB

Downloadable file size: 3.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: John Napier (1550-1617), Scottish mathematician. Napier, from a wealthy family, was educated in France and at St Andrews in Scotland. He studied mathematics as a hobby and published his first logarithm tables in 1614, also developing decimal notation. For the log tables he chose the transendental number e (approximately 2.717) as the base. These Napierian, or natural, logarithms are most relevant to exponential systems. His logarithms were a key mathematical advance that greatly helped Kepler in his calculations of planetary motion. This 19th-century engraving by J. Stewart is based on a 1616 painting held at the University of Edinburgh.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1500s, 1600s, 1616, 16th century, 17th century, 1800s, 19th century, adult, artwork, book, caucasian, chair, decimal notation, edinburgh, european, exponential, globe, historical, history, human, illustration, j. stewart, john napier, john napier of merchiston, log tables, logarithm, logarithmic, logarithms, logs, male, man, mathematical, mathematician, mathematics, monochrome, napierian, natural logs, people, person, portrait, professor, scotland, scottish, study, university, university of edinburgh, white

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.