Mathematicians Of The Day

8th June

On this day in 1637, the printing of René Descartes' Discours de la Méthode was completed, including its important appendix on Geometry in which he introduced the Cartesian coordinate system.

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Quotation of the day

From Charlotte Angas Scott
But just because geometry is so eminently fitted for the youthful mind it should be at first presented in such form as to be in accord with the general views of laymen, when these are not in direct opposition to the truth.