Full Title: Acta Eruditorum (Transactions of the Eruidite)

Acta Eruditorum was first published in Leipzig in 1682 under the auspices of the Collegium Gellianum, with support from the Duke of Saxony. Its purpose was to provide announcements of and abstracts to notable publications of the time—this included long-standing books and articles as well as contemporary works.

Articles covered a wide range of topics, including medicine, mathematics, physics, law, history, geography, and theology. Before long, the Acta Eruditorum had become the most well-known German publication of its kind. Volume one is a good indicator of its auspicious beginnings; it includes articles by Boyle, Leeuwenhoek, Leibniz, and Johann Bernoulli. Later contributors (some posthumous) were Pascal, Huygens, Halley, and Descartes.

Perhaps the Acta's most important contribution to German scholarship was that it published works by both German and foreign scholars. This had the double effect of stimulating scientific inquiry in the German nations and informing foreign scientists of the German contribution to the body of scientific knowledge. Notably, the Acta Eruditorum was published exclusively in Latin; in fact, many articles and reviews were translated into Latin for publication.

The Acta's founder and first editor was Otto Mencke; editorship passed later to his son, Johann. The journal appeared on a monthly basis and was published in 50 volumes, concluding in 1731. It was succeeded by the Eruditorum in 1732. During Otto Mencke's editorship, the number of contributions totaled 4,406, with 316 of these being original papers.

Euler published two of his early works in the Acta Eruditorum, which are listed below.

Successor Journal: Nova Acta Eruditorum.


Publications from 1726


E1: Constructio linearum isochronarum in medio quocunque resistente

Publications from 1727


E3: Methodus inveniendi traiectorias reciprocas algebraicas