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Daemon
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I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
RoadRunner
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If I had learnt Mr. Descartes' quote when I was in grade school; I wouldn't have my butts kicked by the teachers when I missed some of my my homeworks.
ChristopherJohnson
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A very scientific attitude.
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You can only guess what Descartes have "intentionally omitted" and what he have unintentionally missed... Words, words, words.
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Never really been much of a Cartesian myself but to each there own . . .
Victor Alexandre Berto Pereira
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I suppose we should be grateful he "intentionally omitted" things, and left them for us to learn after him. How generous of him...Whistle
Gary98
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Even for a great scientist Descartes is a little pompous here.
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I am not sure but is Descartes pompous?
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Think
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This ironic paragraph concludes Descartes' work THE GEOMETRY( 1637) He was evidently, not too much interest in instructing neophytes, but in showing what he knew.

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.

(He omitted proofs)

(In 1637, the French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (1596–1650) published his Discours de la methodé in which he explained his rationalist approach to the interpretation of nature. La methodé contained three appendices: La dioptrique, Les météories, and La géométrie. The last of these, The Geometry, was Descartes’ only published mathematical work.)
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After a person leaves it's up to the others to determine what an individual has left behind only those that had an interest in the one who left care enough to make that judgement
Virginia Lathan
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I got this quote from The Free Dictionary's linked encyclopedia page: "In 1649 he was invited by Queen Christina to Sweden, but he was unable to endure the rigors of the northern climate and died not long after arriving in Sweden."

So, in my humble opinion, if he knew as much as he professes, then he should have known to bundle up when living in Sweden, then perhaps he could have increased his longevity!
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:46:10 PM
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Daemon wrote:
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)



..."so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery".

He left much more than that, but the pleasure of discovery is all up to posterity. Sometimes posterity can't even discover its head, wherever hidden.

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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:05:19 PM

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René Descartes wrote:
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly,


Well, Mr. Descartes, you are remembered among most Internet boards as a meme. Think Take that as you will.
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Enough said.
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