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Tschirnhaus, Ehrenfried Walther von (1651–1708)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA071-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The natural philosopher E.W. von Tschirnhaus emphasized bodily and mental health, was a friend of Spinoza and correspondent of Leibniz. He perfected the construction of concave mirrors (used to generate extremely high temperatures) and was probably the first European to produce porcelain. Hoping to make scientific progress more predictable, Tschirnhaus devised a method of inquiry orientated to mathematics and experimentation.

Citing this article:
Schonfeld, Martin. Tschirnhaus, Ehrenfried Walther von (1651–1708), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA071-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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