René Descartes

1596 - 1650

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René Descartes was a French philosopher whose work, La géométrie, includes his application of algebra to geometry from which we now have Cartesian geometry. His work had a great influence on both mathematicians and philosophers.
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List of References (104 books/articles)

Some Quotations (18)

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Honours awarded to René Descartes
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Lunar featuresCrater Descartes
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Paris street namesRue Descartes ( 5th Arrondissement)


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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. The Galileo Project
  4. Bellevue College USA
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  2. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  3. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  4. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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