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Description - The Book of My Life by Girolamo Cardano

A bright star of the Italian Renaissance, Girolamo Cardano was an internationally-sought-after astrologer, physician, and natural philosopher, a creator of modern algebra, and the inventor of the universal joint. Condemned by the Inquisition to house arrest in his old age, Cardano wrote The Book of My Life, an unvarnished and often outrageous account of his character and conduct. Whether discussing his sex life or his diet, the plots of academic rivals or meetings with supernatural beings, or his deep sorrow when his beloved son was executed for murder, Cardano displays the same unbounded curiosity that made him a scientific pioneer. At once picaresque adventure and campus comedy, curriculum vitae, and last will, The Book of My Life is an extraordinary Renaissance self-portrait-a book to set beside Montaigne's Essays and Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590170168
ISBN-10: 1590170164
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 127mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Girolamo Cardano

Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) was born in Pavia, Italy. A professor of mathematics at Padua, and of medicine at Pavia and Bologna, he was the the author of more than a hundred books on subjects ranging from the natural sciences to medicine, history, and music. Anthony Grafton teaches the history of Renaissance Europe at Princeton University. His books include Joseph Scaliger, Cardano's Cosmos, and Bring Out Your Dead.

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