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Gottfried W. Leibniz was a philosopher and mathematician who lived in Germany from 1646 to 1716. He first gained a bachelor's degree in philosophy, then later earned one in law. As his life went on, he made many contributions to the mathematical world. From discovering differential and integral calculus to creating the binary system of arithmetic, Leibniz changed today's world. He worked also with physics, dynamics, and attempted to create a calculating machine. While making these discoveries, he had the privilege of working with many different scholars and mathematicians, namely Weigel, Boineburg, and Huygens. With the help and guidance of these professionals, Leibniz was able to soar in his career. Leibniz was also a very religious man, as seen from his Lutheran faith. He was passionate about re-unifying the Christian churches and used his degree in philosophy to share about his faith. Leibniz enjoyed studying logic and reasoning, which directly affected both his beliefs and his mathematical discoveries. He spoke on the problem of evil in this world and still claimed that God is good regardless of the circumstances. The mathematical career of Leibniz and his profession of faith to the world make him a very well-known and influential figure. He changed the way that mathematics was performed and spoke to the beauty of our Creator.


This paper was submitted as part of the History of Mathematics course (MATH 3083), taught by Dr. Stephen C. Hennagin.



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