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Descartes and the Fly Who invented the coordinate plane? Sam knows a math legend that answers this question:
Sam likes this story, because it is about flies. Sam spends lots of time trying to find flies, just like Descartes does in the story. But is the story true? Or is it just a legend? The story of the coordinate plane turns out to be a long story, with many parts. It starts long before Descartes, in Ancient Greece. 
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