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Leibniz: Selections (Hudson River ed) Hardcover – June, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0684175959 ISBN-10: 0684175959

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  • Series: Hudson River ed (Book 1)
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (June 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684175959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684175959
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German mathematician and philosopher; He developed calculus independently of Isaac Newton. Other works of his are collected in Discourse on Metaphysics and The Monadology.

A statement in his “Dialogue on the Connection Between Things and Words” (1677) was very influential on the future discipline of Symbolic Logic: “Whence it is manifest that if we could find characters or signs appropriate for expressing al our thoughts as definitely and as exactly as arithmetic expresses numbers or geometric analysis expresses lines, we could in all subjects in so far as they are amenable to reasoning accomplish what is done in Arithmetic and Geometry. For all inquiries which depend on reasoning would be performed by the transportation of characters and by a kind of calculus, which would immediately facilitate the discovery of beautiful results. For we should not have to break out heads as much as is necessary today, and yet we should be sure of accomplishing everything the given facts allow. Moreover, we should be able to convince the world what we should have found or concluded, since it would be easy to verify the calculation either by going it over or by trying tests similar to that of casting out nines in arithmetic. And if someone would doubt my results, I should say to him, ‘Let us calculate, Sir,’ and thus by taking to pen and ink, we should soon settle the question.” (Pg.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By galloamericanus on February 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Drop a few selections, drop everything from the Nouveaux Essais to make room for a number of additions, check the translations against subsequent scholarship and the Akademie edition, add an index, rewrite the Introduction, preserve the handy format, and you would have the best one volume collection of Leibniz extant.

Wiener did a wonderful job, and was a generation ahead of his time.
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