Burchard de Volder
|Burchard de Volder|
26 July 1643|
Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
21 March 1709|
Leiden, Dutch Republic
|Institutions||University of Leiden|
University of Leiden|
University of Utrecht
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|Doctoral students||Herman Boerhaave|
Born in a Mennonite family in Amsterdam, he first studied in Utrecht (1660) and from 1670 he studied philosophy at the University of Leiden under Franz (Franciscus Sylvius) de le Boë (Dubois). Thanks to the efforts of the Volder, a physics laboratory at the University of Leiden was established in 1675. He collected measuring instruments of all kinds and performed many physics demonstrations, particularly those illustrating the discoveries of Robert Boyle. This laboratory was unique for its time. He is further famous as one of Gottfried Leibniz's most important philosophical correspondents;.
De Volder's work drew many foreign students. One of his most famous students was Herman Boerhaave.
- Paul Lodge Leibniz's Close Encounter with Cartesiansim in the Correspondence with De Volder, in Leibniz and His Correspondents Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-521-83410-4, pp 162-192
- The Leibniz-De Volder Correspondence, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013
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