"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting" - Gottfried Leibniz
The polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) proposed that the mind is a melding of accessible and inaccessible parts. As a young man, Leibniz composed three hundred Latin hexameters in one morning. He then went on to invent calculus, the binary number system, several new schools of philosophy, political theories, geological hypotheses, the basis of information technology*, an equation for kinetic energy, and the first seeds of the idea for software and hardware separation.
The above biographical description is from the excellent Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2011) by David Eagleman
*Leibniz envisioned a machine that would use marbles (representing binary numbers) that would be guided by what we now recognize as cousins to punch cards.
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