From the Characteristica Universalis to Ideal Entities Leibniz envisioned the creation of a universal language, characteristica universalis, ambitiously designed to serve as the vehicle for deduction and discovery in all fields of knowledge. Couturat [10] pointed out in 1901 that, in Leibniz’s vision, the infinitesimal calculus was but the first salvo, or sample, of his characteristica universalis. Leibniz’s vision of the ideal nature of mathematical entities was remarkably modern. His… CONTINUE READING