John Napier

Bruntsfield, at the heart of south Edinburgh is the home to the Merchiston campus of Edinburgh Napier University.  Peek through the dismal concrete 1960’s construction on Colinton Road and you will be rewarded with a glimpse of Merchiston Tower.

It was the birthplace of John Napier (1550 – 1617) the noted mathematician, astronomer and physicist.  The inventor of Napier’s bones and logarithms, he popularised the decimal point in mathematics.

Walk into the inner courtyard for a closer look at the renovated medieval tower house, built in the 1450’s.  Originally the seat of the Clan Napier it’s now incorporated into the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Creative Industries at the university that was named for John Napier.

 

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