Leibniz was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1646. His parents were incredibly intelligent; his father was a professor of philosophy at his local university and his mother was the daughter of a very rich lawyer. Unfortunately, Leibniz’s father died when Leibniz was only six years old. Growing up, Leibniz showed signs of being a genius very early on. Some said he was a child prodigy. At the young age of twelve years old, Leibniz was already fluent in Latin and was studying the works of ancient philosophers and scholars. At fourteen years of age, Leibniz was already studying at the University of Leipzig. He studied

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Though he worked on the calculus theory a lot, there is a debate as to whether he or Sir Isaac Newton truly discovered calculus. After much debate, most scholars agree that Leibniz and Newton worked on the theory and development at the same time. Leibniz also discovered what a matrix was, which helped with finding solutions to many mathematical problems. One of his other great contributions was inventing a practical calculating machine. This helped with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers. He did this by studying ancient Chinese counting methods and studying Pascal’s rudimentary