"This is an excellent critical and contextual presentation of the development of Descartes's thought in its historical context."
Richard Watson, Washington University, Journal of the History of Philosophy
"...highly recommended for library and biography shelves." Wisconsin Bookwatch
Descartes' main contribution to the history of ideas was his effort to construct a philosophy that would be sympathetic to the new sciences that emerged in the seventeenth century. To a great extent he was the midwife to the Scientific Revolution and a significant contributor to its key concepts. This is the first biography in English that addresses the full range of Descartes' interest in theology, philosophy, and the sciences, and that traces his intellectual development through his entire career.