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Logarithms were invented by John Napier who was a mathematician. He invented other things too, so there was no reason why he couldn't invent the logarithms. Logarithms were invented so people could take short cuts to multiplications!

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Logarithms helped to simplify and speed up math in a time when there were no calculators.

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Exponents can simplify very ugly math problems and their relation to logarithms makes them invaluable. FYI logarithms were invented before exponents.

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in 1614 john Napier invented logarithms and a device called NAPIER,s bones

John Napier discussed logarithms in 1614 in his book titled Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio. He probably discovered it some time before 1614.The use of logarithms did not reduce errors when performing calculations. The use of logarithms made calculations faster possibly at the loss of some precision.

The base of common logarithms is ten.

The main misconception is that logarithms are hard to understand.The main misconception is that logarithms are hard to understand.The main misconception is that logarithms are hard to understand.The main misconception is that logarithms are hard to understand.