Gottfried Leibniz

Overview

**Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz**(sometimes von Leibniz) (ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn ˈlaɪbnɪts or ˈlaɪpnɪts) (July 1, 1646 – November 14, 1716) was a German

Germans

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philosopher and mathematician

Mathematician

A mathematician is a person whose primary area of study is the field of mathematics. Mathematicians are concerned with quantity, structure, space, and change....

. He wrote in different languages, primarily in Latin

Latin

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(~40%), French

French language

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(~30%) and German

German language

German is a West Germanic language, related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 90 – 98 million native speakers, German is one of the world's major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union....

(~15%).

Leibniz occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics

History of mathematics

The area of study known as the history of mathematics is primarily an investigation into the origin of discoveries in mathematics and, to a lesser extent, an investigation into the mathematical methods and notation of the past....

and the history of philosophy

History of philosophy

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. He developed the infinitesimal calculus

Infinitesimal calculus

Infinitesimal calculus is the part of mathematics concerned with finding slope of curves, areas under curves, minima and maxima, and other geometric and analytic problems. It was independently developed by Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton starting in the 1660s...

independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's mathematical notation has been widely used ever since it was published.

Discussions

Quotations

Omne possibile exigit existere.

Everything that is possible demands to exist.