RENE DESCARTES

May 19th, 2015
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The French Philosopher, mathematician and scientist Rene Descartes is one of the most important and influential thinkers in history. Descartes founded analytic geometry and originated the Cartesian coordinate system and it is often called Cartesian coordinate plane.

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HistoryCartesianmeans relating to theFrenchmathematicianandphilosopherRen Descartes(Latin:Cartesius), who, among other things, worked to mergealgebraandEuclidean geometry. This work was influential in the development ofanalytic geometry,calculus, and cartography.The idea of this system was developed in1637 in two writings by Descartes and independently byPierre de Fermat, although Fermat did not publish the discovery. In part two of hisDiscourse on Method, Descartes introduces the new idea of specifying the position of apoint or object on a surface, using

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