On this day: February 11

Published: Feb 10 2013 12:59:04 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 11 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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OTD February 11 - Descartes
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1650: French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes, who has been called the father of both modern philosophy and analytical geometry, dies of pneumonia at the age of 53 in Stockholm, Sweden. He is perhaps best known for the philosophical statement "Cogito ergo sum," which translates to "I think, therefore I am."

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