You Gotta Know These Ideas from Calculus

Calculus is a subfield of mathematics that concerns continuous changes. Although there are several precursors, including Archimedes’ use of the method of exhaustion to derive the area under a parabola, modern calculus is generally considered to have begun with the work of Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the late 17th century. Although they carried out their investigations independently, Newton’s claims that Leibniz had copied his unpublished notes helped stoke a long-running controversy over the origins of calculus that has become one of the most famous examples of a scientific priority dispute.

This article was contributed by NAQT writer Joseph Krol.

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