## Briggs, Henry (1561–1630)English mathematician who introduced common logarithms (base 10) and was largely responsible for getting scientists to use them in preference to Napier's original natural (base e) logs, arguing that they were more practical. He subsequently
calculated and published the appropriate tables (1617). Although a well-regarded
mathematician in his own right, holding the Savilian Chair of Geometry at
Oxford, Briggs was most important as a contact and as a public relations
man for his field. ## Related category• MATHEMATICIANS | |||||

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