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Ren Descartes was a philosopher whose work La gomtrie includes his application of algebra to geometry from which we now have Cartesian geometry Descartes was educated at the Jesuit college of La Fleche in Anjou He entered the college at the age of eight years just a few months after the opening of the college in January 1604 He studied there until 1612 studying classics logic and traditional Aristotelian philosophy He also learnt mathematics from the books of Clavius While in the school his health was poor and he was granted permission to remain in bed until 11 oclock in the morning a custom he maintained until the year of his death School had made Descartes understand how little he knew the only subject which was satisfactory in his eyes was mathematics This idea became the foundation for his way of thinking and was to form the basis for all his works Descartes spent a while in Paris apparently keeping very much to himself then he studied at the University of Poitiers He received a law degree from Poitiers in 1616 then enlisted in the military school at Breda In 1618 he started studying mathematics and mechanics under the Dutch scientist Isaac Beeckman and began to seek a unified science of nature After two years in Holland he travelled through Europe Then in 1619 he joined the Bavarian army From 1620 to 1628 Descartes travelled through Europe spending time in Bohemia 1620 Hungary 1621 Germany Holland and France 1622-23 He spent time in 1623 in Paris where he made contact with Mersenne an important contact which kept him in touch with the scientific world for many years From Paris he travelled to Italy where he spent some time in Venice then he returned to France again 1625 By 1628 Descartes tired of the continual travelling and decided to settle down He gave much thought to choosing
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