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The Universal ForceGravity - Creator of Worlds$
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Louis Girifalco

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.001.0001

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The Universal Force

Louis A. Girifalco

Oxford University Press

Descartes believed he was meant to create the ultimate natural philosophy. He relied primarily on reason and philosophic principles, so most of the physics he developed was wrong. But he was a great mathematician and created analytic geometry, which was a major step in developing modern mathematics. Mathematics had always primarily meant geometry, which was regarded as being the only absolute truth. Galileo, and even Newton, presented their results in geometric form. Descartes showed that there was a close connection between geometry and algebra. This ultimately led to modern powerful analytic tools. His contributions to philosophy were important because they stressed the need for rigorous logic and for making as few assumptions as possible.

Keywords:   Descartes, analytic geometry, modern mathematics, philosophy, reason, logic

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