* 1501 Pavia
† 1576 Rom
Gerolamo Cardano (1501 or 1506-1576) was a philosopher, mathematician and doctor. After his studies Cardano gave classes at the universities of Padua and Milan. In 1534 Filippo Archintos arranged Cardano's move to Rome where the scholar taught geometry, arithmetic and astronomy. Today, Cardano is best known for his mathematic formulas to solve to cubic equations (Cardano's Formula) which he published in his main work Ars Magna (Nuremberg 1545). Apart from mathematics, Cardano was also very much interested in philosophical issues.