Archive for December 4th, 2009
Pseudopod 171: Napier’s Bones

By Stephen Gaskell

Read by Ian Stuart, voice actor for hire through voices.com

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OF THE ADMIRABLE

TABLE OF LOGA-

RITHMES:

WITH A DECLARATION OF

The Most Plentifvl, Easy,

And Speedy Vse thereof in both kindes

of Trigonometrie, as also in all

Mathematicall calculations.

Tom flicked through the book. Obtuse definitions and diagrams like fishbones filled the pages. A — seventeenth century? — textbook on logarithms? How the hell had Great Uncle Alvin ended up with this? Tom peered into the box. Another chapbook titled “Rabdologia”, by the same author, John Napier.

He shuffled through the other papers in the box. All writings by or about the man: extravagantly illustrated occult texts; religious revelations; serious biographies. At the bottom, wedged beneath a thick medical textbook with an MRI scan of the brain on the cover, Tom caught sight of several off-white stones. Their smooth, heart-shaped surfaces gleamed in the torchlight.