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Jerome Cardan A Biographical Study   By: (1844-1928)

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Jerome Cardan A Biographical Study by W. G. Waters offers readers a fascinating and detailed account of the life of an enigmatic figure from Renaissance Italy. Through meticulous research and engaging storytelling, Waters brings to life the complexities and achievements of Jerome Cardan, a renowned mathematician, physician, and astrologer.

The book presents a balanced and well-rounded portrayal of Cardan, delving into both the triumphs and struggles he faced throughout his eventful life. Waters skillfully navigates the complex terrain of Cardan's character, highlighting his brilliance while not shying away from his flaws and contradictions. This nuanced approach to storytelling allows readers to form a comprehensive understanding of the man behind the legendary reputation.

One of the book's strengths lies in its exploration of Cardan's contributions to various branches of knowledge during the Renaissance. Readers not familiar with Cardan will come to appreciate his significant influence on mathematics and his groundbreaking work in probability theory. Waters provides clear explanations of complex ideas, making these subjects accessible to all readers, regardless of their mathematical background.

Moreover, Waters skillfully contextualizes Cardan's achievements within the broader intellectual and social climate of his time. By examining the political and religious upheavals of the Renaissance, and their impact on Cardan's life and work, readers gain a deeper appreciation for the challenges Cardan faced and overcame.

In addition to his professional achievements, Cardan lived a life filled with personal hardships and turmoil, which Waters portrays with sensitivity and empathy. The author's meticulous research shines through as he draws from a wide range of primary sources to reconstruct the various stages of Cardan's life. Waters provides vivid descriptions of the individuals who shaped Cardan's world, including his complex relationship with his domineering mother and his strained interactions with his own family.

While the book is a scholarly work, it remains highly engaging and accessible to both academics and general readers. Waters strikes an excellent balance between academic rigor and an engaging narrative, making for a captivating reading experience.

One minor drawback of the book is its occasionally dense prose, which may require some patience from readers who are not accustomed to scholarly writing. However, Waters compensates by providing valuable insights into the broader cultural and historical context, enriching the overall reading experience.

Overall, Jerome Cardan A Biographical Study is an outstanding contribution to the field of Renaissance studies and biography. W. G. Waters' meticulous research, attention to detail, and engaging storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the lives of influential figures from history. By shedding light on the fascinating life of Jerome Cardan, Waters successfully brings this remarkable Renaissance polymath out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

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"To be content that times to come should only know there was such a man, not caring whether they knew more of him, was a frigid ambition in Cardan." SIR THOMAS BROWNE.



16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, MDCCCXCVIII.



No attempt is made in the following pages to submit to historical treatment the vast and varied mass of printed matter which Cardan left as his contribution to letters and science, except in the case of those works which are, in purpose or incidentally, autobiographical, or of those which furnish in themselves effective contributions towards the framing of an estimate of the genius and character of the writer. Neither has it seemed worth while to offer to the public another biography constructed on the lines of the one brought out by Professor Henry Morley in 1854, for the reason that the circumstances of Cardan's life, the character of his work, and of the times in which he lived, all appeared to be susceptible of more succinct and homogeneous treatment than is possible in a chronicle of the passing years, and of the work that each one saw accomplished... Continue reading book >>

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