The Book of My Life

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New York Review of Books, 2002 - 291 páginas
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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Native Land and Forebears
3
My Nativity
5
Certain Traits of My Parents
8
A Brief Narrative of My Life From the Beginning to the Present Day That Is the End of October 1575
10
Debating and Lecturing
42
Concerning My Friends and Patrons
56
Concerning My Enemies and Rivals
60
Those Things in which I Take Pleasure
65
Happiness
105
Dishonors What Place to Dreams? The Swallow in My Coat of Arms
118
My Teachers
126
Wards and Students
127
My Will
129
Certain Natural Eccentricities and Marvels Among Which Dreams
131
Erudition or the Appearance of It
148
Rare Circumstances of My Life The Avenging
166

Gambling and Dicing
66
My Manner of Walking and of Thinking
70
Religion and Piety
71
My Own Particular Rules of Conduct
73
My Dwelling Places
76
Poverty and Losses in My Patrimony
78
Marriage and Children
80
Processes at Law
86
Journeys
87
and Persistent Treacheries
91
Powers of Foreknowledge in My Art and
174
Things of Worth Which I Have Achieved
187
Concerning My Own Existence
207
Familiar Sayings
229
Things in which I Feel I Have Failed
242
Quality of Conversation
250
Notes
257
Bibliography
289
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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.

Jean Stoner taught at the Dalton School in New York City.

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