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Descartes's Mathematical Thought

Author: Chikara Sasaki
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2003.
Series: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, 237.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Covering both the history of mathematics and of philosophy, Descartes's Mathematical Thought reconstructs the intellectual career of Descartes most comprehensively and originally in a global perspective including the history of early modern China and Japan. Especially, it shows what the concept of "mathesis universalis" meant before and during the period of Descartes and how it influenced the young Descartes. In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chikara Sasaki
ISBN: 9789401712255 9401712255
OCLC Number: 851369332
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 496 pages)
Contents: Introduction: René Descartes and Modern European Mathematics --
1: The Formation of Descartes's Mathematical Thought --
1 Descartes and Jesuit Mathematical Education --
2 The Mathematical Thought of Christoph Clavius --
3 The First Attempt at Reforming Mathematics --
4 The Mathematical Background of the Regulae ad Directionem Ingenii --
5 The Géométrie of 1637 --
Interim Consideration: Descartes and the Beginnings of Mathematicism in Modern Thought --
II: The Concept of 'Mathesis Universalis' In Historical Perspective --
6 'Universal Mathematics' in Aristotle --
7 'Mathesis Universalis' in the Sixteenth Century --
8 'Mathesis Universalis' in the Seventeenth Century --
Conclusion: Descartes and the Modern Scheme of Learning --
Indices --
Name Index --
Treatise Index.
Series Title: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, 237.
Responsibility: by Chikara Sasaki.

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