Descartes enlisted himself in Army at the age of 22; it is unclear as to what his exact duties were in Army. It is also, however, believed that he was serving in the so-called engineering wing of the army. It was also here that he developed his passion for mathematics and applied to engineer as this unit was responsible for the development of different structures and machines to protect the soldiers during the battle. It is also, however, further argued that Descartes may also have been involved in the education of the soldiers and therefore must have been involved in the development of education programs for the young noblemen who were part of the army.
It was during this period that Descartes developed a close relationship with Isaac Beeckman which kind of intensified the interest of Descartes in the subject of science. It is also argued that the relationship between the two was more than just a relationship of the teacher and student and Beeckman served as the mentor to provide him the necessary intellectual stimulus to consider the science and philosophy as the important fields of knowledge to peruse.
Descartes left the army in 1619 and it was after this period that he started to consider writing on the subject of philosophy and other sciences on a very serious note. His early works include Discourse on Method which outlines his own style and orientation towards the field of philosophy. Over the period of time, he seems to work on different drafts of the various writings which he either abandoned writing or delayed the publication of them. It was also during this era that Galileo was condemned by the Church and fearing to meet the same fate, he decided not to publish his work which subsequently published with the name The World.
In The World, he actually combined his earlier work on the optics and meteorology and further extended the work to discuss extensively on the field of Physics. It was also during this period that his status as a serious philosopher started to emerge and his work found its way to the elite class of Paris.
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