Rafaele Bombelli in *l'Algebra* (1572) considered imaginary roots of cubic equations as numbers since they might cancel out each other in the course of a following calculation. So he was the first who dared to use imaginary numbers in calculations. How much this calculations were "formalized" is a matter of opinon. Certainly this was not a formalization in modern sense. However, from Pythagoras over Archimedes to Gauß formalization has been sufficient to obtain correct results. Therefore Bombelli is at least one of the inventors of imaginary numbers. Sometimes also Cardano is nominated.

This knowledge spread soon. Albert Girard in *Invention nouvelle en l'algèbre* (1629) treated roots of negative numbers already without any ado. He distinguished the roots 3 and -3 of 9 and said of the root of -9 that it cannot be decided as positive or negative.

René Descartes baptized these new numbers in 1637. In his *Géométrie* he talks about imaginary roots (radices imaginariae) of an equation in contrast to true and false roots (radices vera, radices falsae) the latter denoting negative numbers, which was a common expression at that time.

As the inventors of logarithms we can name Jost Bürgi (his *Arithmetische und geometrische Progresstabulen* were published in 1620, but discovered already about 1590), and John Napier whose *Descriptio* appeared in 1614.

The word function, not yet used in modern sense (even Euler required a single formula to define a function), has been invented by Leibniz in his *Methodus tangentium inversa, seu de fuctionibus* (1673).

So the original question can be answered: First there were imaginary numbers, later came functions and logarithms. And logarithms of negative numbers came last.

Leibniz himself denied the existence of such logarithms and had a controversy with Johann Bernoulli about that topic in an exchange of letters in 1712 to 1713. Bernoulli defended his *logarithme imaginaire*. Finally Euler solved the problem in full generality. But that is a well known story.