Christiaan Huygens

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In existographies, Christiaan Huygens (326-260 BE) (1629-1695 ACM) (IQ:190|#33) (ID:2.88|66) (Cattell 1000:306) (RGM:383|1,350+) (PR:612|65AE / physicist:18) (Gottlieb 1000:333) (Murray 4000:7|CS / 17|P / 4|T) (Becker 160:55|4L) (Simmons 100:40) (Kanowitz 50:16) (EP:19) (Eells 100:24) (GPE:27) (GME:28) (EPD:M8) (CR:121) (LH:5) (TL:133|#82), aka "Hugenius" (Boyle, c.1685), pronounced or “high-gens” (Ѻ) or “ho-oue-gen” (Ѻ), was a Dutch physicist, inventor, astronomer, and mathematician, noted for []

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“I have tried to uncover and unite the truth buried and scattered in the opinions of different philosophical sects, and I believe I have added something of my own to take a few steps forward. The circumstances of my studies, from my earliest youth, have given me some facility in this. I learned Aristotle as a lad, and even the Scholastics did not put me off; I am not at all regretful of this even now. But at that time Plato too, and Plotinus, gave me some satisfaction, not to mention other ancient thinkers whom I consulted later. After leaving the trivial schools, I fell upon the moderns, and I remember at the age of fifteen taking a walk by myself in a grove on the outskirts of Leipzig, called the Rosental[1], in order to deliberate about whether I should retain ‘substantial forms’?[2] Mechanism, however, finally prevailed and led me to apply myself to mathematics. It is true that I did not enter into its depths until after I had conversed with Huygens in Paris. But when I looked for the ultimate reasons for mechanism, and for the ‘laws of motion’ themselves, I was very surprised to see that it was impossible to find them in mathematics, and that I should have to return to metaphysics. This is what led me back to entelechies, and from the "material" to the "formal", and ultimately brought me to understand, after a number of corrections and improvements to my notions, that monads, or "simple substances", are the only true substances, and that material things are only phenomena, albeit well-founded and well-connected.”
Gottfried Leibniz (c.1715), Publication (pg. #)[3]

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References

  1. Rosental (Leibzig) (German → English) – Wikipedia.
  2. Substantial form – Wikipedia.
  3. Strickland, Lloyd. (2014). Leibniz’s Monadology: a New Translation and Guide (pg. #). Edinburgh.

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