Descartes

Descartes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...at the Hague, and return in the evening, making this excursion by the most beautiful road in the world, through meadows and houses of His Treatment of Visitors. 107 pleasance, then through a great wood bordering this village, which is not inferior to the fairest towns of Europe, and boasted at that time the residence of three Courts. That of the Prince of Orange was quite military, and brought together 2000 gentlemen in warlike array; the leathern collar, the orange scarf, the top-boots, and the sword were its principal features. That of the States-General was composed of deputies from the United Provinces, and of Burgomasters, who kept up the dignity of the aristocracy in their black velvet dress, their deep collars, and square cut beards. The Court of the Queen of Bohemia, widow of King Frederick V., the Elector-Palatine, might be compared to that of the Graces, where all the fashionable world of the Hague went almost daily, to pay their homage to the talent, virtue, and beauty of her four princesses, the eldest of whom (Elizabeth) had a fancy for the discourse of M. Descartes.... I wished to enter into some details with him concerning his opinions; but he referred me to his writings, which he said he had composed as clearly as he was able.' Of course the philosopher would not condescend to argue with this gossiping traveller, though he received him with all politeness. - But he was not so easy of access to people of less importance. Baillet, in an appendix, tells us an interesting anecdote about a shoemaker named Dirck Rem-brantsz, living at Nierop, about twenty miles north of Egmond, who, in spite of his poverty, had acquired some knowledge of mathematics, for which he had a strong natural taste. This 'man, hearing of Descartes' great...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666429
  • 9781236666420