# Francois Viete

### From Conservapedia

**François Viète** (1540-1603) was a French mathematician who introduced convenient notations for algebraic formulas, like *x* and *y* in mathematical equations. For example:

**2***x*+ 3*y*= 3

Viète inspired fellow French mathematician Rene Descartes, who then developed a coordinate system for graphing such equations.