**History Of Calculus**

**Calculus**, historically known as **infinitesimal calculus**, is a mathematical discipline focused on limits, functions, derivatives, integrals, and infinite series. Ideas leading up to the notions of function, derivative, and integral were developed throughout the 17th century, but the decisive step was made by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz. Publication of Newton's main treatises took many years, whereas Leibniz published first (*Nova methodus*, 1684) and the whole subject was subsequently marred by a priority dispute between the two inventors of calculus.

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