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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was born on July 1 1646 in Leipzig His father was a Professor of Moral Philosophy and Vice Chairman of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Leipzig His father died when he was six so his mother raised him When he was seven Leibniz attended the Nicolai School in Leipzig At the school he was taught Latin but he also taught himself more advanced Latin and some Greek by the age of 12 In 1661 when Leibniz was fourteen he started school at the University of Leipzig where he studied philosophy mathematics and law During the summer of 1663 he also took classes at the University of Jena Leibniz was offered a job as a professor at the University of Altdorf but he refused the job because he wanted to travel His first place to travel was Holland While in Mainz he met Elector Johann Philip von Schonborn who gave him his court as a judge in the High Court of Appeal as an assistant to the Court Assessor Before going to Mainz Leibniz found a friend Boineburg and served as a secretary assistant librarian and adviser for him In 1670 Leibniz was sent to France to promote the Egyptian plan where the King of France is persuaded to divert his aggression from Europe to east While in Paris Leibniz became familiar with many great figures of science In 1673 Leibniz visited London and promoted his ideas about calculus and calculating machine to the secretary of the Royal Society and to a famous chemist Later in 1673 Leibniz was elected as a member of the Royal Society Leibnizs calculating machine was an improvement to Pascals machine because Leibnizs could perform four basic operations addition subtraction multiplication and division and Pascals machine was only able to perform addition and subtraction While in Paris he had other projects also Within a short period
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