Godfather of the equation, superscript, optics, vortices and
‘I think, therefore I am’, René Descartes took the credit
for lots. Irrevocably splicing algebra and geometry, his
lettered crosshairs, x and y, complicated the Euclidian plot
of dots and planes, rendering straight lines to curves and
triangles into waves. Even Isaac Newton was baffled,
allegedly. Where does that leave us, who have to take
so much on trust? Sometimes curve and axes never touch.