Descartes' Mathematics

[Revised entry by Mary Domski on December 11, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] To speak of Rene Descartes' contributions to the history of mathematics is to speak of his La Geometrie
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[Revised entry by Mary Domski on December 11, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] To speak of Rene Descartes' contributions to the history of mathematics is to speak of his La Geometrie (1637), a short tract included with the anonymously published Discourse on Method. In La Geometrie, Descartes details a groundbreaking program for geometrical problem-solving - what he refers to as a "geometrical calculus" (calcul...

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