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Protogaea

Author: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Claudine Cohen; Andre Wakefield
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
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"Protogaea", an ambitious account of terrestrial history, was central to the development of the earth sciences in the eighteenth century and provides key philosophical insights into the unity of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's thought and writings. In the book, Leibniz offers observations about the formation of the Earth, the actions of fire and water, the genesis of rocks and minerals, the origins of salts and springs,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716.
Protogaea.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007033903
(OCoLC)165478945
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Claudine Cohen; Andre Wakefield
ISBN: 9780226112978 0226112977 1281959413 9781281959416
OCLC Number: 304563887
Language Note: Text in English and Latin.
Description: 1 online resource (xlii, 173 pages) : illustrations
Other Titles: Protogaea.
Responsibility: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ; translated & edited by Claudine Cohen & Andre Wakefield.

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"Protogaea", an ambitious account of terrestrial history, was central to the development of the earth sciences in the eighteenth century and provides key philosophical insights into the unity of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's thought and writings. In the book, Leibniz offers observations about the formation of the Earth, the actions of fire and water, the genesis of rocks and minerals, the origins of salts and springs, the formation of fossils, and their identification as the remains of living organisms. "Protogaea" also includes a series of engraved plates depicting the remains of animals - in particular the famous reconstruction of a "fossil unicorn"--Together with a cross-section of the cave in which it was discovered. Though the works of Leibniz have been widely translated, Protogaea has languished in its original Latin for centuries. Now Claudine Cohen and Andre Wakefield offer the first English translation of this central text in natural philosophy and natural history. Written between 1691 and 1693, and first published after Leibniz's death in 1749, "Protogaea" reemerges in this bilingual edition with an introduction that carefully situates the work within its historical context.

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