Who Invented Division?


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John Napier is said to have invented the mathematical function known as division. His calculations were further developed by Henry Briggs.

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Who Invented Division?
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While the development of individual mathematical processes has not been attributed to a single educator or scientist, various people over time have advanced the practice. John Napier created logarithms in 1614 and, along with Henry Briggs, developed logarithms with a base of 10. After Napier's death, Briggs went on to create a logarithmic table that eventually included 30,000 natural numbers. However, Napier's work in trigonometry created the basis for calculations with logarithms, sines and cosines, which helped reduce complex mathematical functions to the more basic functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

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