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Mathematical Treasure: Leibniz’s Arte Combinatoria

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

In 1666, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) published his doctoral dissertation at Leipzig University. In his Dissertation de Arte Combinatoria, he attempted to reduce all reason to combinations of basic elements: sounds, numbers, words, etc.

Title page of Leibniz's doctoral dissertation.

The frontispiece depicts the interactions between the Four Elements and the Four Humors.

Frontispiece of Leibniz's doctoral dissertation.

The images above are presented courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Leibniz’s Arte Combinatoria," Convergence (October 2016)

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