Gottfried Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher, c 1700.

Le Febure

 
Gottfried Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher, c 1700.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

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Engraving by Le Febure after a painting by L P. Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) was a rival of Isaac Newton's (1642-1727) and both mathematicians claimed to have invented calculus. In 1711 the Royal Society formally recognised Newton as the inventor, however doubt about the theory's origin remained. As a philosopher, Leibniz expounded the theory that the Universe is composed of 'monads', a simple substance that is used to create all other compounds. He died without recognition and with almost all his work unpublished.

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