The Origin of the Logarithm: And how it catalyzed the scientific revolution

The way we learn about logarithms as young mathematical epsilons, is in their relationship to the exponential function. On the other hand, the history of logarithms has no exponents in sight. The invention of the logarithm is more closely related to the invention of a piece of technology like the calculator than it is to the invention a new mathematical function. This new technology emerged simultaneously with the scientific revolution and this was no accident. Come see how the invention of the logarithm as a tool, made Kepler, Newton and ultimately physics as a rigorous, predictive science possible!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:00

Zoom, Meeting ID: 935 1032 7072

Speaker Information
Patrick Cooper

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