Was Descartes Moonstruck?
Name: jason l browell
Date: 1993 - 1999
Did any celestial changes occur when Descartes was at La Fleche?
Good question. I do not know. You should consult a book
that lists major changes and see if any were noted. What years
are in this period?
Samuel P Bowen
Rene had "a broad education in the humanities at the Jesuit college
of La Fleche" that lasted until 1615. Since he was born in 1596, he
was probably at La Fleche from about 1610 to 1615. As for astronomical
events, I immediately thought of Halley's Comet, and, assuming a period
of 76 years, working backwards from 1910, Halley's should have made an
appearance in 1606, a pretty major event for a ten-year old!
Tycho Brahe had already observed the nova named for him in 1572, but
Johannes Kepler was a contemporary of the young Descartes, having
published his empirical laws of planetary motion in 1609 and 1619,
another highly significant event!
quote source: "The Development of Mathematics" by E. T. Bell, p. 138.
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