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Two-Track Depictions of Leibniz’s Fictions


Leibniz described imaginary roots, negatives, and infinitesimals as useful fictions. But did he view such ‘impossible’ numbers as mathematical entities? Alice and Bob take on the labyrinth of the current Leibniz scholarship.
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hal-03738885 , version 1 (05-01-2023)



Mikhail Katz, Karl Kuhlemann, David Sherry, Monica Ugaglia, Mark van Atten. Two-Track Depictions of Leibniz’s Fictions. The Mathematical Intelligencer, 2022, 44 (3), pp.261-266. ⟨10.1007/s00283-021-10140-3⟩. ⟨hal-03738885⟩
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