Naper's bones, late 17th century

Napier's rods, 1671-1700.
Napier's bones, cylindrical type, late 17th century. John Napier (1550-1617), discoverer of logarithms, created the popular calculating tool known as Napier's rods or bones. Napier's rods reduced muliplication to a sequence of simple additions; division and square roots could also be achieved.
 
Currently on display in:
Mathematics
Year made :
1671-1700
Inventory number :
1876-931
 

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