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Rene Descartes was born on March 31 1596 in a small town in Touraine called La Haye now called La Haye-Descartes or simply Descartes 31 Rene was the second of two sons and one daughter 41 When he was about the age of nine his father sent him to a new Jesuit College Henri IV at La Fleche 31 Due to his delicate health Descartes was allowed to sleep late in the mornings a custom to which he always followed 41 Descartes left La Fleche in 1614 to study law at Poitiers Two years latter he received his Baccalaureate and Licentiate degrees in law In 1618 he joined the army of Prince Maurice of Nassau Descartes used this military experience as a means of exploring the world 41 During a stay in Breda Descartes was walking through the streets where he saw a poster written in Dutch which aroused his curiosity He asked the first pedestrian he met to translate it into French or Latin The pedestrian who happened to be Isaac Beeckman the head of Dutch College of Dort said he would if Descartes would answer it the poster being a challenge to all the world to solve a certain geometrical problem Descartes worked it out within a couple of hours and a warm friendship between him and Beeckman was the result 115-16 While stationed in Germany on November tenth 1619 Descartes envisioned a new philosophy of analytic geometry He regarded this day as the most critical day in his life and one that determined his whole future In the spring of 1621 he resigned from military service 41-2 Through much of the 1620s Descartes threw himself into the pursuit of the good life Traveling through Paris gambling and dueling seemed to catch his attention while also studying mathematics In 1628 Cardinal de Berulle encouraged Descartes to give up this way of life and devote it to the examination of the truth He agreed
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