Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm von

Leib·niz

or Leib·nitz  (līb′nĭts, līp′-), Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von 1646-1716.
German philosopher and mathematician. He invented differential and integral calculus independently of Newton and proposed an optimist metaphysical theory that included the notion that we live in "the best of all possible worlds."

Leib·niz

(līb′nĭts), Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von 1646-1716.
German philosopher and mathematician. He invented the mathematical processes of differentiation and integration, which greatly expanded the field of calculus. Leibniz also established the foundations of probability theory and designed a practical calculating machine.