# Who Discovered the Binary System and Arithmetic? Did Leibniz Plagiarize Caramuel?

@article{Casal2018WhoDT, title={Who Discovered the Binary System and Arithmetic? Did Leibniz Plagiarize Caramuel?}, author={Juan Ares Casal and Juan Alfonso Lara and David Lizcano and Mar{\'i}a-Aurora Mart{\'i}nez}, journal={Science and Engineering Ethics}, year={2018}, volume={24}, pages={173-188} }

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) is the self-proclaimed inventor of the binary system and is considered as such by most historians of mathematics and/or mathematicians. Really though, we owe the groundwork of today’s computing not to Leibniz but to the Englishman Thomas Harriot and the Spaniard Juan Caramuel de Lobkowitz (1606–1682), whom Leibniz plagiarized. This plagiarism has been identified on the basis of several facts: Caramuel’s work on the binary system is earlier than Leibniz’s… Expand

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