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  The earliest recorded beginnings of geometry may be traced to Ancient Egypt (see geometry in Egypt) and Ancient Babylon (see Babylonian mathematics) around 3000 B.C. Early geometry was a collection of empirically discovered principles concerning lengths, angles, areas, and volumes, which were developed to meet some practical need in surveying, construction, astronomy, and various crafts. 
  The first and most important was the creation of analytic geometry, or geometry with coordinates and equations, by Rene Descartes (15961650) and Pierre de Fermat (16011665). 
  Developments in algebraic geometry included the study of curves and surfaces over finite fields, rather than the real or complex numbers. 
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