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The wrong question. Who invented calculus, Newton or Leibniz?

29 May 2021, 19:11 UTC
The wrong question. Who invented calculus, Newton or Leibniz?
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Science historian Thony Christie (also known as @rmathematicus) had a number of essays on the Scientopia website. Scientopia bit the dust and I thought the essays were lost. But Bryan Kelly showed me they still exist on the Wayback Machine.This essay by Christie is one I often refer to. I copied and pasted it from the Wayback machine with Tony Christie's permission.Ich bin ein Gastblogger II: The wrong question. Uncategorized thony March 5, 2011I’m an alienI’m a legal alienI’m an Englishman in Nürnberg1Being an English historian of mathematics resident in Germany I have been often asked, over the years, by people who know a little about the history of mathematics, “Who invented the calculus, Newton or Leibniz?” This is probably the most famous argument about priority of discovery and possible plagiarism in the history of science and still able to provoke nationalist sensibilities 300 years after the fact. Now as I mentioned in my first post this was the first theme in the history of mathematics that caught my attention and over the years I have devoted a considerable amount of time and effort to investigating the subject. There are two possible answers to the question. The short semi-correct answer ...

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