A later contemporary

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A later contemporary,  René Descartes  (1596–1650), picked up where Bacon left off.  Descartes’ talents ran the gamut from mathematics to philosophy and ultimately the  combination of those schools. His work in combining algebra and geometry  revolutionized both of those fields, and it was Descartes who came to the philosophical  conclusion “I think, therefore I am”—asserting that, if nothing else, he was at least a  thinking being. Descartes’  deductive  approach to philosophy, using math and logic,  stressed a “clear and distinct foundation for thought” that still remains a standard for  problem solving. As it turned out, all of these developments of the Scientific Revolution were really just a  primer for Englishman  Isaac Newton  (1642–1727), who swept in, built upon the work of  his predecessors, and changed the face of science and mathematics. Newton began his 
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