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# What were John Napier and rods able to do?

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###### May 28, 2017 7:20PM

They were able to convert the process of multiplication (or division) to addition (subtraction). This allowed large amounts of work to be delegated to clerical staff who were competent at adding and subtracting and a lot cheaper than people who could multiply and divide efficiently.

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### The contribution of john Napier in computer?

John Napier contributed to many fields of science and
philosophy. His mathematical
inventions and discoveries laid a considerable part of the
foundation of modern
computer science. Napier University in Scotland is named after
him. The tower in
which he was born - the Tower of Merchiston - lies at the centre
of Napier
University's Merchiston campus [Napier University 2001].