The Essential Descartes

The Essential Descartes

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Descartes' famous pronouncement "I think therefore I am" is generally seen as the start of modern philosophy. In order to find the peace in which to follow his thoughts, Descartes took the curious step of joining the army. Later, living in Holland, he also produced ideas that revolutionized mathematics. The "Virgin Philosophers" series cover the lives and ideas of the major philosophers and attempts to clarify the mysteries of philosophy for the general more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 4mm | 45g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753506971
  • 9780753506974

About Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern is a professional writer, a former Somerset Maugham prize winner and author of five novels, as well as biographies and travel books. As a university lecturer, he taught philosophy, but also mathematics and modern Italian poetry. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements and the forthcoming Dr Strangelove's Game (Hamish Hamilton)show more

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