Gottfried W Leibniz

Gottfried W Leibniz

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ was born on July 1, 1646, in Leipzig, Germany. Leibniz, who had already shown symptoms of a prodigious brain, enrolled at the University of Leipzig at the age of fifteen to study law, mathematics, and philosophy. Because Leipzig refused to offer him a doctorate due to his youth, Leibniz moved to Altdorf, near Nuremberg, where he got his doctorate in 1666, just before his twenty-first birthday. Leibniz went into the public service shortly after, first with the Elector of Mainz and then with the ducal house of Braunschweig-Lueneburg. Leibniz's diplomatic missions took him to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and then Hanover, where he settled.

Leibniz met the prominent thinkers of the day, including philosophers Nicolas de Malebranche and Baruch de Spinoza, as well as mathematician Christiaan Huygens, as a result of his travels. Leibniz was a real polymath who wrote extensively on legal, cultural, and political issues, compiled an official history of the Read More chevron_right