René Descartes discovered the Cartesian coordinate system. Descartes also founded analytical geometry, which is the bridge between algebra and geometry, and was crucial to the discovery of infinitesimal calculus and analysis. He was also a pronounced philosopher who published widely.

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René Descartes (; ; Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; adjectival form: Cartesian; 31 March 159611 February 1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician and...