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Descartes, Rene du Perron

Born: 1596 AD
Died: 1650 AD
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French mathematician and philosopher

 

founder of analytic geometry

 

wrote "Discourse on Method" 1637, "Meditationes de Prima Philosophia" 1641

 

sought to derive knowledge from indubitable 1st principle "I think, therefore I exist" (also "Cogito, ergo sum")