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« Thread started on: Feb 22nd, 2017, 2:32pm »

A very nice overview of Leibniz has been published.

Erwin Stein (Hrsg.); Annette von Boetticher (Hrsg.)
Der Universalgelehrte Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Texte und Bilder zu seinen Erkenntnissen und Erfindungen in den Dauer- und Wanderausstellungen der Leibniz Universitšt Hannover.
OLMS 2017, 339 S., mit zahlreichen Abbildungen., Gebunden
ISBN: 978-3-487-15472-5

The Leibniz exhibition in the main building of the Leibniz University is increasingly developing into a central location where the life and work of the last great universal scholar, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) can be experienced and comprehended. This documentation volume contains the images and texts from the exhibition in expanded form. The reader will initially find information on the genesis and concept of the exhibition, an introduction to the 17th century as a new era in scientific and technical progress, and closing chapters on Leibnizís life, his maxims and his theories of knowledge. Further contributions examine Leibniz and philosophy, theology and economics; legal, historical, linguistic and financial theories; academies and art collections; and Leibnizís political activities. Elsewhere the focus is on Leibnizís achievements in mathematics (infinitesimal calculus, determinants, calculus of variations, the catenary), physics and mechanics. Of particular significance are the explanations of the decimal calculating machine, of a binary calculating machine surviving only in a written description, and of a ciphering/deciphering machine.
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