# Descartes (disambiguation)

**René Descartes** (1596–1650) was a French mathematician and philosopher.

**Descartes** may also refer to:

- Descartes (crater), on the Moon
- Descartes (plotting tool), computer software
- Descartes, Indre-et-Loire, a commune of France
- French frigate
*Descartes* - Descartes Editeur, a French game publishing company
- Descartes Highlands, lunar landing site of Apollo 16
- University of Paris V: René Descartes, a university in Paris
*René Descartes*(ship), a cable-laying ship operated by France Télécom

### People with the surname

- Blanche Descartes, collaborative pseudonym for R. Leonard Brooks, Arthur Harold Stone, Cedric Smith, and W. T. Tutte
- Francine Descartes (1635–1640), René Descartes' daughter

### See also

- Descartes number, a number that is "almost" a perfect number
- Descartes Prize, the European prize for excellence in scientific research and science communication
- Descartes' rule of signs, a mathematical technique devised by René Descartes that is used to find the number of positive, negative, and imaginary roots of a polynomial