Leibniz and the Sciences


  • The ceremonial act (in German only) on November 14 at 17:00 h will take place at Altes Rathaus Leipzig (Festsaal), Markt 1, 04109 Leipzig.
  • The lectures of the conference will be held in Leibniz-Saal (1st floor), Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, 04103 Leipzig, Inselstraße 22.
Monday, November 14, 2016
17:00Commemorative speech during the ceremonial act on November 14, 2016 - in German
Einheit in der Vielheit im Leben des Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Maria Rosa Antognazza, King's College London; during the summer term 2016 Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
09:00 - 09:20Welcome coffee & registration
09:20 - 09:30Welcome address by Vincenzo De Risi and Jürgen Jost
09:30 - 10:45Daniel Garber (Princeton University, USA)
Leibniz and geology: new light on the Steno connection
10:45 - 11:00Coffee & tea
11:00 - 12:45Richard T.W. Arthur (McMaster University, Canada)
Leibniz and quantum theory
12:45 - 13:45Lunch buffet at the institute
13:45 - 15:00François Duchesneau (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Leibniz’s dynamics and the role of architectonic principles in its development
15:00 - 15:30Coffee & tea
15:30 - 17:15Panel discussion: Leibniz and modern physics
Richard T.W. Arthur (McMaster University), Martin Carrier (University of Bielefeld), Jürgen Jost (MPI MiS), Claus Kiefer (University of Cologne)
19:30Joint dinner (à la carte and on individual payment)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
09:00 - 09:30Welcome coffee
09:30 - 10:45Eberhard Knobloch (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany)
Leibniz and the infinite
10:45 - 11:00Coffee & tea
11:00 - 12:45Philip Beeley (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Leibniz and the Royal Society revisited
12:45 - 13:45Lunch buffet at the institute
13:45 - 15:00Justin E. H. Smith (Université Paris Diderot - Paris VII, France)
Leibniz on organic bodies and living beings
15:00 - 15:30Coffee & tea
15:30 - 16:45Andre Wakefield (Pitzer College, USA)
Machines and machinations: Leibniz in the Harz

Date and Location

November 14 - 16, 2016
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Inselstraße 22
04103 Leipzig
see travel instructions

Scientific Organizers

  • Jürgen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences
  • Wenchao Li, University of Hanover
  • Vincenzo De Risi, Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University
  • Matthias Schwarz, Leipzig University
  • Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, Leipzig University

Administrative Contact

Antje Vandenberg
MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences
Contact by Email
05.04.2017, 12:53