Main Question or Discussion Point
How were logarithms calculated before the use of calculators.
Instead of taking powers of a number close to 1, as had
Napier, Briggs began with log(10) = 1 and then found other logarithms
by taking successive roots. By finding sqrt(10) = 3.162277 for
example, Briggs had log(3.162277) = 0.500000, and from 10^(3/4) =
sqrt(31.62277) = 5.623413 he had log(5.623413) = 0.7500000.
Continuing in this manner, he computed other common logarithms.
Briggs published his tables of logarithms of numbers from 1 to 1000,
each carried out to 14 places of decimals, in 1617.