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Descartes' secret notebook : a true tale of mathematics, mysticism, and the quest to understand the universe

Author: Amir D Aczel
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A portrait of the great 17th century philosopher and mathematician looks at the contributions of Rene Descartes. His interest in mysticism and probable membership in the occult brotherhood of Rosicrucians, and his secret notebook, which he kept in code, attempting to redecipher the contents of the long lost volume. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and  Read more...
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Aczel, Amir D.
Descartes' secret notebook.
New York : Broadway Books, ©2005
(OCoLC)625304893
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; René Descartes; René Descartes; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; René Descartes; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; René Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amir D Aczel
ISBN: 0767920333 9780767920339 9780767920346 0767920341
OCLC Number: 57893775
Description: xiv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Leibniz's search in Paris --
The gardens of Touraine --
Jesuit mathematics and the pleasures of the Capital --
The Dutch puzzle --
Three dreams in an oven by the Danube --
The Athenians are vexed by a persistent ancient plague --
The meeting with Faulhaber and the Battle of Prague --
The brotherhood --
Swords at sea and a meeting in the Marais --
Descartes and the Rosicrusians --
Italian creations --
A duel at Orléans, and the Siege of La Rochelle --
The move to Holland and the ghost of Galileo --
A secret affair --
Descartes' philosophy and the discourse on the method --
Descartes understands the ancient Delian mystery --
Princess Elizabeth --
The intrigues of Utrecht --
The call of the Queen --
The mysterious death of Descartes --
Leibniz's quest for Descartes' secret --
Leibniz breaks Descartes' code and solves the mystery --
A twenty-first century epilogue.
Responsibility: Amir D. Aczel.
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A portrait of the great 17th century philosopher and mathematician looks at the contributions of Rene Descartes. His interest in mysticism and probable membership in the occult brotherhood of Rosicrucians, and his secret notebook, which he kept in code, attempting to redecipher the contents of the long lost volume. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm "Cogito, ergo sum" marked the birth of the mind body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible. But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side, as well. After Descartes' death, Gottfried Leibniz, inventor of calculus and one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, moved to Paris in search of this notebook and eventually found it in the possession of Claude Clerselier, a friend of Descartes'. Liebniz called on Clerselier and was allowed to copy only a couple of pages, which, though written in code, he amazingly deciphered there on the spot. Liebniz's hastily scribbled notes are all we have today of Descartes' notebook. Why did Descartes keep a secret notebook, and what were its contents? The answers to these questions will lead the reader on an exciting, swashbuckling journey, and offer a fascinating look at one of the great figures of Western culture.

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