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Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph
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(Jul 1, 1742, Ober-Ramstadt, Odenwald – Feb 24, 1799, Göttingen), professor of mathematics and physics in Göttingen, was regarded as one of the most significant German physicists of the 18th century. In addition to his lectures on physics, which were enhanced by spectacular experiments, he attained fame through his literary activity as a critic and as a maker of calendars. He took issue with J.C. Lavater's “physiognomy” and demonstrated his own knowledge of human nature in his commentaries on engravings by William Hogarth. Lichtenberg's posthum…

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Kronauer, Ulrich, “Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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