Mathematicians Of The Day

10th November

On this day in 1618, René Descartes had the first of a number of dreams which led him to the invention of analytic geometry. He believed that these dreams were sent by a divine spirit with the intention of revealing to him a new approach to philosophy.

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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.