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In this book, modern scientists and philosophers of science confront the prophetic legacy of the 17th century philosopher Leibniz a metaphysical agenda full of ideas presaging today s state of the art research into relativity and quantum cosmology; the physics of force, mass, momentum, time and space; complexity and chaos theories; fundamental particles and multiple worlds; and of the electronic cosmos of our computer era. Their immense relevance to us is demonstrated by the engagement with them of over 200 present-day scientific minds. In essence this monograph comprises a survey and critical comparison of interlocking texts, and will serve philosophers as a gateway into fundamental science from the angle of metaphysics, as well as scientists as a documentation of Leibniz s profound philosophical impact on their own fields.
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Jürgen Lawrenz was born and educated in Germany, but lives in Sydney, Australia. He gained his doctorate from the University of Sydney, where he also lectured on 17th century philosophy and aesthetics. His book, Leibniz: The Nature of Reality and the Reality of Nature, comprising a new interpretation of the whole Leibnizian system, was also published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.Review:
Jürgen Lawrenz, with his very pointed demonstrations, proves himself to be thoroughly conversant with the essentials of the autonomous disciplines from which these results emanate. He is masterful in his exposé of their philosophical roots in the system of Leibniz. His selection of quotations shows his command. The author demonstrates a comprehensive perspective on the literature and expertise in his manner of disposition. ... The way he places particular nuances reveals a remarkable familiarity with international developments and independence in arriving at his results.... A remarkable monograph, which may be read with great profit by interested parties in diverse fields. Gerd Lassner, late Professor of Mathematics and Director of Nuclear Research, Leipzig University. Jürgen Lawrenz is one of the world s leading scholars of Leibniz and the philosophy of science. He shows how Leibniz was already thinking our thoughts about the cosmos, relativity and quantum theory, only our Newtonian science prevented this being seen. In this striking work of introduction to both Leibniz and contemporary science, it is as if Leibniz is coming to us out of the future rather than the past. Matthew del Nevo, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Catholic Institute Sydney, Australia --Matthew del Nevo, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Catholic Institute Sydney, Australia
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