Make sure to check out our other March birthday study – Kurt Russell!
Why were so many famous mathematicians also great philosophers!? Denna and I chose Rene Descartes to study because he fits in with our Kids Doing Philosophy project and he had a huge impact on not only philosophy, but mathematics and science.
Learn more about Rene Descartes
Descartes was born March 31, 1596 in La Haye, France. Regarding his philosophical work, he is probably most famous for his statement, “Cogito ergo sum” or, “I think, therefore I exist(am)”.
For a little background, Descartes lived in a time of great turmoil. The Protestant Reformation had rocked the theological world, causing people to question if there were any answers to foundational questions about God. Science was also advancing.