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date: 30 November 2020

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This chapter examines the contribution of Leibniz to mining technology and other technical innovations. It explains that Leibniz’s earliest reflections on technical issues are contained in the paper De longitudinibus inveniendis, which was published between the end of 1668 and the beginning of 1669, and that his intensive preoccupation with technology is primarily associated with the commissions he received from Duke Johan Friedrich and his successor Ernst August for the improvement of the efficiency of mining in the Harz Mountains during the late 1600s. It also describes Leibniz’s works on how to determine longitude, the vacuum phenomena, the perpetuum mobile, automatic machines, and the machina deciphratoria or deciphering machine.

Keywords: Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, mining technology, technical innovations, De longitudinibus inveniendis, longitude, vacuum phenomena, perpetuum mobile, automatic machines, machine deciphratoria

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