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Girolamo Cardano

Mathematician Girolamo Cardano

Profession: Mathematician


Biography: 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
Birthplace: Pavia, Italy
Star Sign: Libra

Died: September 21, 1576 (aged 74)

Historical Events

  • 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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