Rene Descartes

Descartes

[dey-kahrt; French dey-kart]
noun
René [ruh-ney; French ruh-ney] , 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician.
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Descartes (ˈdeɪˌkɑːt, French dekart)
 
n
René (rəne). 1596--1650, French philosopher and mathematician. He provided a mechanistic basis for the philosophical theory of dualism and is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. He also founded analytical geometry and contributed greatly to the science of optics. His works include Discours de la méthode (1637), Meditationes de Prima Philosophia (1641), and Principia Philosophiae (1644)
 
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Descartes   (dā-kärt')  Pronunciation Key 
French mathematician and philosopher who discovered that the position of a point can be determined by coordinates, a discovery that laid the foundation for analytic geometry.
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