Vincenzo De Risi


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin

Leibniz on the Parallel Postulate and the Structure of Space

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) worked at the foundations of geometry during all his life, often labeling his various researches on the topic under the general name of analysis situs. One of the primary aims of Leibniz’ geometrical studies was that of ground and rigorize the classical geometry of Euclid, by means of a throughout examination of the principles and proofs of the Elements in their ancient and modern editions. In fact, he had liked to prove all the axioms of geometry, and ground it as a purely logical and unhypothetical science.