Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Born: July 1, 1646, in Leipzig, Electorate of Saxony
Death: November 14, 1716 (Age: 70)
- German mathematician and philosopher and one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators.
- Invented and refined the binary number system, which is at the foundation of virtually all digital computers.
- He was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator (1685) and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator.
- Introduced the Step Reckoner, a device that can multiply, divide, and evaluate square roots.
- De Arte Combinatoria (On the Art of Combination) (1966).
- Hypothesis Physica Nova (New Physical Hypothesis) (1671).
- Confessio philosophi (A Philosopher's Creed) (1673).
- Nova methodus pro maximis et minimis (New method for maximums and minimums) (1684).
- Discours de métaphysique; Martin and Brown (1686).
- Explication de l'Arithmétique Binaire (Explanation of Binary Arithmetic) (1703).
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