T h e p i n e a l g l a n d rendescartes

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Unformatted text preview: lliant, 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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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2014 for the course MATH 126 taught by Professor Smith during the Winter '07 term at University of Washington.

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