René Descartes

[Revised entry by Gary Hatfield on January 16, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650) was a creative mathematician of the first order, an important scientific
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[Revised entry by Gary Hatfield on January 16, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650) was a creative mathematician of the first order, an important scientific thinker, and an original metaphysician. During the course of his life, he was a mathematician first, a natural scientist or "natural philosopher" second, and a metaphysician third. In mathematics, he developed the techniques that made possible algebraic (or "analytic") geometry. In natural...

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