Summary of Ideas
Lived during the time period of 1596-1650
Rene Descartes was the first French modern philosopher and had a strong connection between geometry and algebra. He wasn't only a philosopher but also a scientist and mathematician. Descartes helped Francis Bacon invent the Scientific Method and discovered analytical geometry along with philosophy. He had four rules he followed, never accept anything until all reasons for doubt can be ruled out, divide problems into as many parts as possible to provide a solution, thoughts should be ordered, starting with the simplest and easiest to know, ascending little by little, and, step by step, to more complex knowledge, and make enumerations so complete, and reviews so general, that nothing is omitted.
Impact of Idea on Society
Descartes ideas helped bring society together. He thought that everybody could learn from basic knowledge or from human kind. People started using mathematical equations and algebraic expressions to help solve the unsolved. The scientific method was used to explore observations and answer questions. This helped people solve the world and how everything was built and how it worked.
How Descartes Thoughts Impacted Traditional Beliefs in Society
Descartes helped invent the Scientific Method and analytical geometry. People always used to rely on church teachings, basic knowledge, and ancient authorities. Now with geometry and the scientific method people can actually observe experiments and use equations along with shapes to draw conclusions.
Words of Wisdom
Having a good brain is just part of it; you have to put your mind to it.