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Later Bürgi also worked for the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, and his successor Matthias (in Prague). Bürgi took a serious interest in mathematics, and it was to him that Johannes Kepler (1571 -1630), then Imperial Mathematician, was indebted for his introduction to Algebra. In exchange (as it were) it seems to have been Kepler who persuaded Bürgi into writing up his original and interesting work on logarithms (the manuscript is largely in Kepler's handwriting), printed in 1620. Bürgi's method is different from that of Napier and was clearly invented independently.
Article by: J. V. Field, London, August 1995
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