Girolamo Cardano

1501 - 1576

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Girolamo Cardan or Cardano was an Italian doctor and mathematician who is famed for his work Ars Magna which was the first Latin treatise devoted solely to algebra. In it he gave the methods of solution of the cubic and quartic equations which he had learnt from Tartaglia.
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List of References (28 books/articles)

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  1. The Tartaglia-Cardan dispute
  2. Quadratic, cubic and quartic equations
  3. Cardan's autobiography

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Lunar featuresCrater Cardanus and Rima Cardanus
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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. NNDB
  1. The Galileo Project
  2. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  3. Bellevue College USA

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