Sunday, August 25, 2013

Euclid and Newton get together outside Paris

Quantum, physics, Charlene Brown
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Watercolour sketch
©2013 Charlene Brown

In the Age of Enlightenment – corresponding approximately to the late 17th to early19th centuries – the great thinkers of the time began to challenge ideas grounded in tradition and faith, and advance knowledge through what became know as The Scientific Method.
René Descartes (1596-1650) a French philosopher, after whom the Cartesian Coordinate System was named, united algebraic principles and visual space in developing analytic geometry.
The definitive jardin à la française, Versailles, begun in 1710, was said to be have been laid out as homage to Euclid’s postulates and the strict mathematics of Newton’s principles.
This period also featured extraordinary realism in painting... Perhaps I should have found a protractor and done this sketch 'properly.'