[ dey-kahrt; French dey-kart ]
/ deɪˈkɑrt; French deɪˈkart /


Re·né [ruh-ney; French ruh-ney] /rəˈneɪ; French rəˈneɪ/,1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician.

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/ (ˈdeɪˌkɑːt, French dekart) /


René (rəne). 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician. He provided a mechanistic basis for the philosophical theory of dualism and is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. He also founded analytical geometry and contributed greatly to the science of optics. His works include Discours de la méthode (1637), Meditationes de Prima Philosophia (1641), and Principia Philosophiae (1644)

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[ dā-kärt ]
René 1596-1650

French mathematician and philosopher who discovered that the position of a point can be determined by coordinates, a discovery that laid the foundation for analytic geometry.