From ... 'If Leibniz had found time to work out all the plans which his fertile and comprehensive genius conceived, or if he had been understood and supported by contemporary scholars, the science of language, as one of the inductive sciences, might have been established a century earlier. But a man like Leibniz, who was equally distinguished as a scholar, a theologian, a lawyer, an historian, and a mathematician, could only throw out hints as to how language ought to be studied. Leibniz was not only the discoverer of the differential calculus. He was one of the first to watch the geological stratification of the earth. He was engaged in constructing a calculating machine, the idea of which he first conceived as a boy. He drew up an elaborate plan of an expedition to Egypt, which he submitted to Louis XIV in order to avert his attention from the frontiers of Germany. The same man was engaged in a long correspondence with Bossuet to bring about a reconciliation between Protestants and Romanists ; and he endeavoured, in his
From 'Like Bruno, Leibnitz hoped for a science of signs, an algebra of thought, but he aimed at a system in which to reason and to calculate were identical, reason being literally ratio. (Etc.)
From I belong, with a few fellow workers, to a still tiny group of philosophers and mathematicians who have chosen mathematical logic as the subject or the basis of their investigations. This discipline was initiated by Leibniz, the great mathematician and philosopher, but his efforts had fallen into oblivion when, about the middle of the nineteenth century, George Boole became its second founder. Gottlob Frege in Germany, Charles Peirce in the United States and Bertrand Russell in England have been the most prominent representatives of mathematical logic in our own times.
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Selected bibliographic Author Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716. Title(s) Hauptschriften zur grundlegung der Philosophie. Übersetzt von A. Buchenau. Durchgesehen und mit Einleitungen und Erläuterungen hrsg. von Ernst Cassirer. Edition (3., mit Literaturhinweisen ergänzte Aufl.) Publisher Hamburg, Meiner (1966) Paging 2 v. plate. 19 cm. Series Philosophische Bibliothek ; Bd. 107-108 Notes Previous editions published as part of author's Philosophische Werke. Bibliography: v. 2, p. [580]-584. |

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