Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz





Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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born
in Germany
July 01, 1646

died
November 14, 1716


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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (sometimes von Leibniz) (July 1, 1646 - November 14, 1716) was a German mathematician and philosopher. He wrote primarily in Latin and French.

Leibniz occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Leibniz developed the infinitesimal calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's mathematical notation has been widely used ever since it was published. Leibniz also developed the binary number system, which is at the foundation of virtually all digital computers.

In philosophy, Leibniz is mostly noted for his optimism, e.g. his conclusion that our Universe is, in a restricted sense, the best possible one that God could have created. Leibniz, along with René Descartes and B...more


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Monadology
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Discourse on Metaphysics
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Theodicy: Essays on the Goo...
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“This is the best of all possible worlds.”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“He who hasn't tasted bitter things hasn't earned sweet things.”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Discourse on Metaphysics & Other Essays

“The present is big with the future.”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Philosophical Writings

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