Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
#91 Overall Influence

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

German mathematician and philosopher

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a prominent German polymath and one of the most important logicians, mathematicians and natural philosophers of the Enlightenment. As a representative of the seventeenth-century tradition of rationalism, Leibniz developed, as his most prominent accomplishment, the ideas of differential and integral calculus, independently of Isaac Newton’s contemporaneous developments. Mathematical works have consistently favored Leibniz’s notation as the conventional expression of calculus. It was only in the 20th century that Leibniz’s law of continuity and transcendental law of homogeneity found mathematical implementation . He became one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators. While working on adding automatic multiplication and division to Pascal’s calculator, he was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator in 1685 and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator. He also refined the binary number system, which is the foundation of nearly all digital computers, including the Von Neumann machine, which is the standard design paradigm, or “computer architecture”, followed from the second half of the 20th century, and into the 21st.

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University of Altdorf

Cultural heritage monument in Landkreis Nürnberger Land, Bavaria, Germany

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Leipzig University
Leipzig University

University in Leipzig, Germany

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University of Jena
University of Jena

University located in Jena, Thuringia, Germany

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Mathematics
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Philosophy
#53 World Rank
Physics
#98 World Rank
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#141 World Rank
Engineering
#161 World Rank
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