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From Napier to Lucas: The Use of Napier's Bones in Calculating Instruments
July-September 1983 (vol. 5 no. 3)
pp. 279-296

The paper surveys the development of different types of calculating machines that have used the idea of John Napier's "bones. " After showing how to use the bones, the paper discusses the machines of such mathematicians as Wilhelm Schickard, Samuel Morland, Gaspard Schott, Athanasius Kircher, Edouard Lucas, and Henri Genaille. A newly discovered manuscript by Rene Grillet (from the late seventeenth century) provided the base for a study of Grillet's work and a remarkable arithmetic instrument he invented in 1678, using the idea of Napier's bones.

Citation:
M.R. Williams, "From Napier to Lucas: The Use of Napier's Bones in Calculating Instruments," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 279-296, July-Sept. 1983, doi:10.1109/MAHC.1983.10080
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