Descartes: The Life and times of a Genius

Descartes: The Life and times of a Genius

A. C. Grayling


Scientist, mathematician, traveller, soldier―and spy―Rene Descartes was once one of many founders of the trendy global. His lifestyles coincided with a rare time in background: the 1st half the excellent 17th century, replete with genius within the arts and sciences, and wracked via civil and foreign conflicts throughout Europe. yet at his start in 1596 the realm was once nonetheless ruled through medieval ideals in phenomena similar to miracles and spontaneous new release. It used to be Descartes who pointed out the highbrow instruments his friends had to loose themselves from the grip of spiritual authority and in doing so he based glossy philosophy.
In this new biography, A. C. Grayling tells the tale of Descartes' existence, and locations it in his tumultuous times―with the unforeseen end result that a wholly new element of the tale involves light.

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