Girolamo Cardano

Mathematician Girolamo Cardano Full Name: Girolamo Cardano


Profession: Mathematician
Why Famous: Well-known for his achievements in algebra, especially as the first mathematician to make systematic use of numbers less than zero.

Cardano was one of the fathers of probability, discovering the binomial coefficients and the binomial theorem as detailed in his book "Opus novum de proportionibus."

Born: September 24, 1501
Star Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pavia, Italy

Died: September 21, 1576 (aged 74)

Historical Events in the Life of Girolamo Cardano

  • 1552-06-29 Italian physician and mathematician Girolamo Cardano arrives in Edinburgh, Scotland to treat John Hamilton, Archbishop of St Andrews for over two thousand gold crowns
  • 1560-04-13 Giovanni, son of Italian mathematician Girolamo Cardano is executed for poisoning his wife, despite his father's efforts to save him

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