Portrait of Gottfried Willhelm von Leibniz

Gottfried Willhelm von Leibniz


German mathematician and philosopher

I  am so in favor of the actual infinite that instead of admitting that Nature abhors it, as is commonly said, I hold that Nature makes frequent use of it everywhere, in order to show more effectively the perfections of its Author.

TOPICS: infinity, nature, God

SOURCE: Nouveaux Essais de l’Entendement humain

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.

TOPICS: music

Nothing is more important than to see the sources of invention which are, in my opinion, more interesting than the inventions themselves.

TOPICS: none

Taking mathematics from the beginning of the world to the time of Newton, what he has done is much the better half.

TOPICS: history, Newton

It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could safely be relegated to anyone else if machines were used.

TOPICS: none