

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.

Full MacTutor biography
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List of References (184 books/articles)
Some Quotations (18)
A Poster of René Descartes
Mathematicians born in the same country
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 Additional Material in MacTutor
 Descartes reflects on his schooling
 Descartes' Method
 Descartes' 'Le Monde, ou Traité de la Lumière'
 Descartes' 'La Géométrie'
 René Descartes on the History of Mathematics
 Aubrey's Brief Lives entry

Other Web sites 
 Encyclopaedia Britannica
 Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
 The Galileo Project
 Bellevue College USA
 Rouse Ball
  The Catholic Encyclopedia
 Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
 Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
 Google books
 Mathematical Genealogy Project


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