Great thinkers whose work has helped shaped today's world.

René Descartes

1596

1650

René Descartes was a great mathematician from France who lived in the 17th century. He is often referred to as the 'Father of Analytical Geometry' for his groundbreaking work in connecting algebra and geometry.

Descartes introduced the use of coordinate geometry, which paved the way for the development of modern mathematics. He developed the Cartesian coordinate system, which uses numbers and graphs to represent geometric shapes and equations. This system allows mathematicians to study geometric figures and equations in a precise and structured way.

One of Descartes' most famous contributions is the Cartesian plane, which consists of two perpendicular lines intersecting at a point called the origin. This plane is essential for graphing equations and visualizing geometric shapes.

For school students, Descartes' work is important because it helps them understand how algebraic equations can be represented graphically and how geometrical shapes can be analysed using mathematical formulas. Studying Descartes' ideas can deepen students' understanding of mathematics and its applications in various fields."

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