Rene Descartes


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  • Early Life
  • Childhood
  • Education
  • "René Descartes was born on March 31, 1596, in La Haye en Touraine, France." He was the youngest out of his 3 other siblings. In his early life his mom died within his first year of life.
  • Personal Life
  • Since René's mother died his father sent him and his other siblings to their grand mothers house. "Where they remained even after he remarried a few years later."
  • Fame
  • René's dad was concerned about his education so he "sent René, at age 8, to boarding school at the Jesuit college of Henri IV in La Flèche, several miles to the north, for seven years."
  • What Are They Famous for Today
  • "Descartes never married, but he did have a daughter, Francine, born in the Netherlands in 1635." Francine's mother was a maid. Later on his daughter died from a fever at the age of 5.
  • "Descartes has been heralded as the first modern philosopher. He is famous for having made an important connection between geometry and algebra, which allowed for the solving of geometrical problems by way of algebraic equations."
  • "René Descartes invented analytical geometry and introduced skepticism as an essential part of the scientific method. He is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers in history."
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