## What's the significance of this?

whitefork
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### What's the significance of this?

It's a zipped Excel spreadsheet. What's it mean?
whitefork
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bump.
a clue - it took about 20 years for the creator to assemble this table.
Sundog
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Where's the code for that answer box?

One word:

Napier!
whitefork
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Right, boy wonder.
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Holy logarithms, Batman, that one was hard!
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Just out of curiousity, did you happen to know that or did you research it?

My source was E: The Story of a Number by Maor - he describes the method used in constructing the table. This is a good summary: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/NapierianLogarithm.html
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Doctor Mabuse wrote:Just out of curiousity, did you happen to know that or did you research it?

My source was E: The Story of a Number by Maor - he describes the method used in constructing the table. This is a good summary: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/NapierianLogarithm.html
The gaps in the numbers made me suspicious that it had something to do with logarithms, and the twenty-year time period gave it away. To be honest I didn't remember that it was Napier's work; I had to look that up.