Rene Descartes Essay

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René Descartes René Descartes, "the father of modern Philosophy" is known very famously for his philosophies of human existence, religion and the human soul. The one who coined the phrase "Cogito Ergo Sum", commonly known to us as "I think, therefore I am". Just as famous for his work in philosophy, his work in mathematics can be regarded just as influential. Today his work can be seen in many different disciplines. Whether your working on deductive reasoning in your biology class or graph theory in geometry, Descartes' philosophies and theories were behind both. René Descartes was born on March 31st, 1596 in the town of La Haye south of France, the son of Joachim Descartes, a Councilor in Parliament, who made sure that his son only receive the very best education. In 1606 René attended the Jesuit College at La Fléche established in 1604 by Henry the IV. Here the young men were trained in the field of Military engineering, the judiciary, and government administration, in addition to classic education in the fields of science, mathematics and philosophy. By enrolling his son in the Jesuit College, Descartes father had high hopes of his son becoming a lawyer and joining the parliament. Descartes was only 20 when he received his law degree and seven years to young too join parliament. So he turned all of his attention to mathematics and philosophy. During the period of 1619 to 1628, Descartes toured Northern and Southern Europe, where he later explained, he studied "the book of the world" (Britannica). It was because of this tour that Descartes created his most famous work, Discourse on Method. While in Bohemia he invented analytical geometry, a method of solving algebraic equations with geometry and solving geometry equations with algebra. This is critical, this allows everyone to be able to solve different disciplines in the area strongest to that

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