Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Ren~ Descartes.
Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes …
While stationed at Breda, Descartes met IsaacBeeckman (1588–1637). Notes that Descartes kept related to hiscorrespondence reveal that he and Beeckman had become more than simpleacquaintances—their relationship was more one of teacher and student(Descartes being the latter). This relationship would rekindle inDescartes an intense interest in the sciences. In addition todiscussions about a wide variety of topics in natural science, a directresult of certain questions posed by Beeckman compelled Descartes towrite the Compendium Musicae. Among other things, theCompendium attempted to work out a theory of harmony rootedin the concepts of proportion or ratio, which (along the lines of theancients) attempted to express the notion of harmony in mathematicalterms. It would not be published during Descartes' lifetime. As forBeeckman, Descartes would later downplay his influence.
Essays on the philosophy and science of Rene Descartes
After Descartes left the army, in 1619, his whereabouts for the nextfew years are unknown. Based on what he says in the Discours de laMethode (Discourse on the Method), published in 1637,there is speculation that he spent time near Ulm (Descartes apparentlyattended the coronation of Ferdinand II in Frankfurt in 1619). There issome evidence suggesting that he was in France in 1622, for itwas at this time that property he had inherited was sold—the proceedsof which would provide him a simple income for many years. There issome speculation that between 1623 and 1625 he visited Italy. Descartesemerges in 1625 in Paris, his notes revealing that he was in contactwith Father Marin Mersenne (1588–1648), a member of the Order ofMinims. This relationship would prompt Descartes to make public histhoughts on natural philosophy (science). It is by way of Mersenne thatDescartes' work would find its way into the hands of some of the bestminds living in Paris--for instance, Antoine Arnauld (1612–1694), PierreGassendi (1592–1655), and Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679).