Protogaea, an bold account of terrestrial historical past, was once valuable to the advance of the earth sciences within the eighteenth century and offers key philosophical insights into the cohesion of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s idea and writings. within the booklet, Leibniz deals observations concerning the formation of the earth, the activities of fireplace and water, the genesis of rocks and minerals, the origins of salts and is derived, the formation of fossils, and their id because the is still of residing organisms. Protogaea also incorporates a sequence of engraved plates depicting the is still of animals—in specific the recognized reconstruction of a “fossil unicorn”—together with a pass portion of the collapse which a few fossil items have been discovered.
Though the works of Leibniz were largely translated, Protogaea has languished in its unique Latin for hundreds of years. Now Claudine Cohen and Andre Wakefield supply the 1st English translation of this significant textual content in ordinary philosophy and common background. Written among 1691 and 1693, and primary released after Leibniz’s loss of life in 1749, Protogaea reemerges during this bilingual version with an creation that conscientiously situates the paintings inside of its ancient context.

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