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Discourse on Method and Related Writings (Penguin Classics)

Discourse on Method and Related Writings (Penguin Classics)
Author: Rene Descartes
ISBN 13: 9780140446999
ISBN 10: 140446990
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 207
List Price: $11.00

Rene Descartes (1596-1650) did major research in optics, geometry, astronomy and physiology, although (partly because Galileo had just been condemned by the Inquisition) he published nothing until he was over forty. The Discourse forms the preface to his first collection of scientific papers (1637), sketching in a new method based on hypothesis and deduction which was soon to replace traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. This edition puts the work in context, by including extracts from Descartes' correspondence, the Rules for Guiding One's Intelligence and from The World -- a posthumously published summary of his physical theories, which at one point in its chequered life had to be rescued from the river Seine. The age of Newton marks one of the great turning points in intellectual history; Descartes has a key place at its very heart.