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Napier's bones

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noun Na·pi·er's bones \ˈnā-pē-ərz-\

Definition of Napier's bones

  1. :  a set of graduated rods (as of wood or bone) invented by John Napier and used for multiplication and division based on the principles of logarithms



Circa 1658

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circa 1658


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