# Definition:General Logarithm/Common/Historical Note

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## Definition

**Common logarithms** were developed by Henry Briggs, as a direct offshoot of the work of John Napier.

After seeing the tables that Napier published, Briggs consulted Napier, and suggested defining them differently, using base $10$.

In $1617$, Briggs published a set of tables of logarithms of the first $1000$ positive integers.

In $1624$, he published tables of logarithms which included $30 \, 000$ logarithms going up to $14$ decimal places.

Before the advent of cheap means of electronic calculation, **common logarithms** were widely used as a technique for performing multiplication.

## Sources

- 2008: Ian Stewart:
*Taming the Infinite*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $5$: Eternal Triangles: Logarithms - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Briggs, Henry**(1561-1630)