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The Book of My Life (New York Review Books Classics)

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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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Cardano, an accomplished scientist of medicine and mathematics, wrote his autobiography in 1575. It's bright, satirical, and still enjoyable to read today.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Cardano, an accomplished scientist of medicine and mathematics, wrote his autobiography in 1575. It's bright, satirical, and still enjoyable to read today. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

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Synopsis:

Girolamo Cardano was a doctor, astrologer, mathematician, and natural philosopher who helped create modern algebra and invented the universal joint. He wrote this colorful autobiography while under house arrest by the Inquisition. A lively mix of picaresque adventure and campus comedy, Cardano?s story gives a fascinating glimpse into the early modern period, when notions of science and the self now taken for granted were very much unresolved. The book of My Life is a vivid portrait of the life of a free-thinking intellectual and the 16th-century world in which he lived.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590170168
Introduction:
Cardano, Girolamo
Author:
Grafton, Anthony
Translator:
Stoner, Jean
Introduction by:
Grafton, Anthony
Introduction:
Grafton, Anthony
Author:
Grafton, Anthony
Author:
Cardano, Girolamo
Author:
Stoner, Jean
Author:
Various
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Scientists -- Italy.
Subject:
Cardano, Girolamo -
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Series Volume:
no. 01-08
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.00x5.06x.69 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Cardano, an accomplished scientist of medicine and mathematics, wrote his autobiography in 1575. It's bright, satirical, and still enjoyable to read today. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Girolamo Cardano was a doctor, astrologer, mathematician, and natural philosopher who helped create modern algebra and invented the universal joint. He wrote this colorful autobiography while under house arrest by the Inquisition. A lively mix of picaresque adventure and campus comedy, Cardano?s story gives a fascinating glimpse into the early modern period, when notions of science and the self now taken for granted were very much unresolved. The book of My Life is a vivid portrait of the life of a free-thinking intellectual and the 16th-century world in which he lived.
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