A Short Biography of Rene Descartes

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Rene Descartes lived a life of learning. He explored philosophy, math and science. In one of his writings, Descartes states, "I think, therefore I am." It has been interpreted differently by individuals, what seems to be the most agreed upon meaning is he thinks that he exists, therefore he does. Through his explorations of math and science, he realized that everything in nature can be explained using math and science. One merely has to have taken elementary sciences to see that he is correct. Rene Descartes had many intellectual pursuits, many of which, if not all, have survived throughout the ages.

When Rene Descartes write, "I think, therefore I am," I think that he is try to tell his audience that what one believes is what one is. If one feels that they exist, then they do in fact exist. If one thinks, then exists even if there was no more water, trees, and no earth, one would still exist as long as they thought.

Another interpretation of this statement is if people convince themselves of something, then it is true to that one person.

I agree with Descartes' statement that mathematics and science can be used to describe everything in nature. Without nature, science could not exist. If math does not explain something, then science can and vice versa. For instance, physics is a science and seems to be use equations to explain findings physicists have discovered.

An example of math in nature is tessellations. Tessellations can be found in many things in nature, such as flowers. If one draws the vertices from the centroid of many flowers, one can see that one part is "reflected" to make the flower. Another instance is seen in monarch butterflies, which have symmetry. The wings are a mirror image of...