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something that shook the world.
Does anyone know what I am talking about?
(T h e p i n e a l g l a n d ? ? ) René Descartes
Descartes discovered coordinates
The 3D space of human experience is the set of ordered triples of
numbers: Here's a picture you probably recognize. Numbers breed numbers
We can now calculate distance!
Distance between two points a n d i s This generalizes the Pythagorean theorem. The book has a good explanation of why it's true.
See if you can figure it out (using the Pytha...
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