After surveying the views of ancient, medieval and modern philosophers of mathematics such as Aristotle, Plato, Rene Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz
, David Hume, Bertrand Russel, and Immanuel Kant, Atiyah concluded that it is thanks to mathematics that man is able to ask new philosophical questions.
For example, her discussions about her college paper on the German rationalist philosopher Gottfried Leibniz
, who developed a weird theory of "monads," are telling in this regard.
The work of England's Isaac Newton and Germany's Gottfried Leibniz
, the process of differentiation was designed to produce the instantaneous velocity of a moving object.
Culminating the Scientific Revolution is the new philosophy of Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz
, after which the search for a consensual metaphysical basis for experimental science was effectively separated from "the scientific enterprise itself" (68).
1671 - German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz
, co-inventor of calculus, designed the "Stepped Reckoner" machine to carry out multiplication
Isaac Newton and William Gottfried Leibniz
warred over their claims of independently developing calculus.
Theodicy, the subject of this ambiguously titled large volume ("The World of the Bible" serves only partially as a temporal demarcation), was coined by Gottfried Leibniz
("Pangloss" for Voltaire) at the dawn of a deistic age, as he reflected on Paul's sharply stated conviction ".
In the library I found a smoking gun: the amazing story of 17th Century mathematician Gottfried Leibniz
and his encounter with China.
Perhaps the essential and underlying unity that binds together all the peoples and races of the world is nowhere more evident than in the perennial wisdom--what Gottfried Leibniz
termed the "perennial philosophy"--that "universal and unanimous tradition" common to all cultures and expressing, albeit in a myriad different ways, a common vision of the plight of man.
Isaac Newton was voted Man of the Millennium but, despite his disciples, shrines and icons (about which Dr Fara writes engagingly), his standing as the world's first scientific genius has often had to withstand some pretty severe batterings from his detractors -- most notably, Bishop Berkeley, Gottfried Leibniz
and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
(1646-1716) Inventor of calculus and symbolic logic.