Origin of ln Notation
Why is ln used to express natural logarithms
instead of using any other symbol?
Irving Stringham, a professor of mathematics at the University of
California, Berkeley, invented the ln notation in the early
1890's. It is not universally used, though extremely common.
He also promoted lg for log base 10. This was not accepted among
mathematicians. Instead, Log is often used for log base 10, and the
notation log needs to specify which base is being used.
---Nathan A. Unterman
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Update: June 2012