More about Jost Bürgi (1552-1632)

It is an important historical question, whether it was Bürgi or Napier who "invented logarithms". The evidence is overwhelming that Bürgi and Napier developed the concept independently, that Buergi knew it first, but that Napier published it first. The literature sources
are added here due to special interest in the sentence
"Indications that Bürgi knew about Logarithms earlier in 1588 come from a letter of the astronomer Reimarus Ursus Dithmarus, who explains that Bürgi had a method to simplify his calculations using logarithms."
in the entry [PDF] about Büri to the book Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers:

By the way, the Prize Committee of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society has awarded to Thomas Hockey and all the authors of individual entries of that book the 2017 "The Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy" for the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers.
Its nice that they sent out award cards for all the 430 authors of the book

Source: Wikipedia


Here is the historiography I had used when writing that encyclopedia article. As custom, the article had been shortened considerably by the editors and only a small part of the literature has been included: here is the full list of references, I had used when composing the article:
1) J.V. Field, Büurgi, Mac-tutor Bibliography entry
2) R. V. Caffarelli, Il Compasso Geometrico e miltare
3) L. Novy, Joost Büurgi, in Biography in Dictionary of Scientific Biography
   (New York 1970-1990).
4) E. Neuenschwander, Büurgi Jost, Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz
5) ETH library, Portrait on Jost Büurgi honoring his 450'th birthday:
6) R. S. Westfall, Jost Büurgi, Catalogue of Scientific Community at
   Rice University
7) Voellmy, E.  Jost Büurgi und die Logarithmen. Elemente der Math. Beiheft no. 5
    Verlag Birkhüauser, Basel, 1948.
8) D. Gronau, Johannes Kepler und die Logarithmen, Reports of the
   Mathematical Statistical Section of the Research Society Joanneum, 284, 1987
9) V. Thoren, Prosthaphaeresis revisited, Historia Math. 15, 32-39, 1988
10) J H Leopold, Der kleine Himmelsglobus 1594 von Jost Burgi (Lucern, 1977).
11) E M Bruins, On the history of logarithms : Büurgi, Napier, Briggs,
    de Decker, Vlacq, Huygens, Janus 67 (4) (1980), 241-260.
12) O Gingerich, Jost Büurgi at Kassel, Journal for the history of
   astronomy 11 (1980), 212-213.
13) E R Kiely, Surveying Instruments (New York, 1947), 224.
14) M List and V Bialas (eds.), Die Coss von Jost Büurgi in der
    Redaktion von Johannes Kepler. Ein Beitrag zur früuhen Algebra,
    Akad. Wiss. Math.-Natur. Kl. Abh. (N.F.) 154 (1973).
15) H. Loeffel, Das mathematische Werk von Jost Büurgi (1552-1632),
    Mitt. Verein. Schweiz. Versicherungsmath. (1) (1982), 25-41.
16) G Pajares, Emilio Büurgi. (Spanish) Gaceta Mat. (1) 4, (1952).
17)  E. Voellmy, Jost Büurgi und die Logarithmen, Zweite Auflage, Kurze
    Mathematiker-Biographien. Elem. Math. Beiheft 5 (Basel, 1974).
18) L. von Mackensen, Erfindung und Bedeutung des universalen
    Reduktionszirkels von Jost Büurgi, in Mathemata, Boethius : Texte
    Abh. Gesch. Exakt. Wissensch. XII (Wiesbaden, 1985), 317-326.
19) Folti, Jaroslav, and Lubos Novy, "Zu Bürgis Anleitung zu den
    Logarithmentaflen," Acta Hist. Rerum Nat. Tech., 4 (1968), 97- 126.
20) Groetzsch, H., "Die Kreuzschlaguhr und Globusuhr von Jost Bürgi
    - Wissenschaftliche Instrumente aus dem Arbeitsgebiet von
    Johannes Kepler," Actes XIIIe Cong. Int. Hist. Sci., 1971, 6
    (1974), 246-250.
21) Mackensen, Ludolf von, "Erfindung und Bedeutung des universalen
    Reduktionszirkels von Jost Buergi," in M. Folkerts, and U. Lindgren,
    eds., Mathemata: Festschrift für Helmuth Gericke (Stuttgart: Steiner, 1985).
22) Jost Büurgi's "Progress-Tabulen" (Logarithmen), nachgerechnet und
    kommentiert von H. Lutstorf, M. Walter, 1992.
Added in Proof:
  • Jost Bürgi's "Progress-Tabulen" (Logarithmen) Quelle: Schriftenreihe der ETH Bibliothek