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Essay heading: A biography of John Napier
 
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Napier was also responsible for the birth of the decimal place. He suggested that a number with fractional components be visually divided by the use of a point, or decimal. This greatly aided calculations dealing with partial numbers. This practice became largely accepted in Great Britain. Aside the invention of logarithms and the decimal point, Napier had also created a certain style of abacus, known as "Napier's Bones", which was used for calculation of products and quotients of numbers...
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This practice became largely accepted in Great Britain. Aside the invention of logarithms and the decimal point, Napier had also created a certain style of abacus, known as "Napier's Bones", which was used for calculation of products and quotients of numbers. This abacus implemented the use of a board with a rim, and several rods...
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