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  • Rene Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer.
  • He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy."
  • He was also a key figure during the Scientific Revolution.
  • His most famous statement is "Cogito ergo sum" meaning I think therefore I am.
  • Descartes had only one principal: thoughts exist. "Except in our own thoughts, there is absolutely nothing in our power."
  • He rejects any divine appeal to natural phenomena. Descartes

Rene Descartes was born on March 31, 1596 . He was a highly influential french philosopher, mathematician, scientist and writer. He was one of the key figures in the scientific revolution.
Decartes had an influence on mathematicians and philosophers since he created the Cartesian plane from geometry.

"I entirely abandoned the study of letters. Resolving to seek no knowledge other than that of which could be found in myself or else in the great book of the world, I spent the rest of my youth traveling, visiting courts and armies, mixing with people of diverse temperaments and ranks, gathering various experiences, testing myself in the situations which fortune offered me, and at all times reflecting upon whatever came my way so as to derive some profit from it". (Descartes, Discourse on the Method)