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Logarithms: The Early History of a Familiar Function - Bibliography

Author(s): 
Kathleen M. Clark (The Florida State University) and Clemency Montelle (University of Canterbury)

Bürgi, J. (1620). Arithmetische und geometrische progress tabulen/sambt gründlichem unterricht/wie solche nützlich in allerley rechnungen zu gebrauchen/und verstanden werden sol. Prague: Paul Sessen.

Cajori, F. (1915). Algebra in Napier's day and alleged prior inventions of logarithms. In C. G. Knott (Ed.), Napier tercentenary memorial volume (pp. 93–109). London: Longmans, Green and Company.

Caulfield, M.J. (2006). John Napier: His Life, His Logs, and His Bones. Retrieved on October 16, 2009 from http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/46/?pa=content&sa=viewDocument&nodeId=2331

Fauvel, J., & J. van Maanen (Eds.) (2000). History in mathematics education: The ICMI study. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.

Fauvel, J. (1995). Revisiting the history of logarithms. In F. Swetz, J. Fauvel, O. Bekken, B. Johansson, & V. Katz (Eds.), Learn from the masters! (pp. 39–48). Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Gronau, D. (1996). The logarithm: From calculation to functional equations. Notices of the South African Mathematical Society 28(1), 60–66.

Jagger, G. (2003). The making of logarithm tables. In M. Campbell-Kelly, M. Croarken, R. Flood, & E. Robson (Eds.), The history of mathematical tables: From Sumer to spreadsheets (pp. 48–77). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Katz, V.J. (1995). Napier's logarithms adapted for today's classroom. In F. Swetz, J. Fauvel, O. Bekken, B. Johansson, & V. Katz (Eds.), Learn from the masters! (pp. 49–55). Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Katz, V. (1997). Some ideas on the use of history in the teaching of mathematics, For the Learning of Mathematics 17(1), 62–63.

Napier, J. (1614). Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis descriptio, Eiusque usus, in utraque Trigonometria; ut etiam in omni Logistica Mathematica, Amplissimi, Facillimi, and expeditissimi explicatis. Edinburgi: Ex officima Andreae Hart Biblipoloae.

O'Connor, J. J., and E.F. Robertson, (1999). Henry Briggs. Retrieved April 20, 2010 from http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Briggs.html

Shell-Gellasch, A. (2008). Napier's e. Retrieved on October 16, 2009 from http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/46/?pa=content&sa=viewDocument&nodeId=3209

Smith, D.E. (1958). History of mathematics. New York: Dover Publications.

Smith, D.E. (1959). A source book in mathematics. New York: Dover Publications. Originally published in 1929.

Thoren, V. (1988). Prosthaphaeresis revisited. Historia Mathematica 15, 32–39.

Wright, E. (1616). A description of the admirable table of logarithms. Translated from J. Napier's Latin to English. London: Nicholas Oaks. Partial transcription: http://www.johnnapier.com/table_of_logarithms_001.htm

Kathleen M. Clark (The Florida State University) and Clemency Montelle (University of Canterbury), "Logarithms: The Early History of a Familiar Function - Bibliography," Loci (January 2011), DOI:10.4169/loci003495

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