# Mathematician:Frans van Schooten

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## Mathematician

Dutch mathematician who is most known for popularizing the analytic geometry of René Descartes.

His $1659$ and $1661$ edition of his commentary on *La Géométrie* by René Descartes was highly influential, and used by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz.

## Nationality

Dutch

## History

- Born: 15 May 1615 in Leiden, South Holland, Dutch Republic (now Netherlands)
- Died: 29 May 1660 in Leiden, South Holland, Dutch Republic (now Netherlands)

## Theorems and Definitions

## Publications

- 1649: Latin translation of and commentary on
*La Géométrie*by René Descartes - 1659: Further expansion of the commentaries on
*La Géométrie*by René Descartes (with Johan de Witt and Hendrik van Heuraet): Volume 1 - 1661: Further expansion of the commentaries on
*La Géométrie*by René Descartes (with Johannes van Waveren Hudde, Johan de Witt and Hendrik van Heuraet): Volume 2

## Also known as

His full Latinized name was **Franciscus van Schooten**.

His name can also be written **Frans van Schoten** or **Frans Verschooten**.

Some sources refer to him as **the Younger**, or **Junior**, acknowledging the existence of his father (a professor of mathematics) with the same name.

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Frans van Schooten": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1991: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Geometry*... (previous) ... (next): A Chronological List Of Mathematicians - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Schooten, Frans van, the Younger**(*c*. 1615-*c*. 1660) - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Schooten, Frans van, the Younger**(*c*. 1615-*c*. 1660)