Calculus, Leibniz and Newton Essay

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It is interesting to note that the ongoing controversy concerning the so-called conflict between Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton is one that does not bare much merit. Whether one came up with the concepts of calculus are insignificant since the outcome was that future generations benefited. However, the logic of their clash does bear merit. In proposing that he was the first inventor, Leibniz states that "it is most useful that the true origins of memorable inventions be known, especially of those that were conceive not by accident but by an effort of meditation. The use of this is not merely that history may give everyone his due and others be spurred by the expectation of similar praise, but also that the art of discovery …show more content…
At age eighteen, Newton was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge. Leibniz decided to acknowledge family tradition by studying law and philosophy at the University of Leipzig, where at age seventeen, he was already defending his master's thesis, De Principio Individui. Newton's mathematical acumen came to the fore when he read Rene Descartes' Geometry and John Wallis' Arithmetica Infinitorium. It was around this time that he was convinced that he would arrive at a conclusion where by analysis could be made on geometric curve via algebra—albeit calculus. Furthermore, Newton would improve on Wallis' Infinite Series by devising proofs of the various theorems. He was then conferred as a scholar at Trinity in 1664 but the following year, England was hit with plague and Cambridge was no exceptions; the university closed till 1667. By the time, Newton returned to Cambridge, he had already written material for Opticks, in which he stated "that just a prism can split white light into this spectrum of colors, so can a second prism return the separated colors into white light." Consequently, he also laid foundation for one his greatest works, the law of universal gravitation—which would be published in his Principia by the 1680s. Now speaking of calculus and improving on the work of John Wallis, he arrived at his methods of fluxions and fluents (in his unpublished work De
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