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Girolamo Cardano
(24 Sep 1501 - 21 Sep 1576)

Italian physician, mathematician and astrologer (Gerolamo Cardano, or Jerome Cardan) who helped create modern algebra and invented the universal joint.

Science Quotes by Girolamo Cardano (3 quotes)

Giralamo Cardano
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Quinquies exscriptus, maneat tot millibus annis.
(I wrote it out five times, may it last the same number of millennia.)
— Girolamo Cardano
final line of Ars magna
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By these pleasures it is permitted to relax the mind with play, in turmoils of the mind, or when our labors are light, or in great tension, or as a method of passing the time. A reliable witness is Cicero, when he says (De Oratore, 2): 'men who are accustomed to hard daily toil, when by reason of the weather they are kept from their work, betake themselves to playing with a ball, or with knucklebones or with dice, or they may also contrive for themselves some new game at their leisure.'
— Girolamo Cardano
The Book of Games of Chance (1663), final sentences, trans. Sydney Henry Gould. In Oysten Ore, The Gambling Scholar (1953), 241.
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To throw in a fair game at Hazards only three-spots, when something great is at stake, or some business is the hazard, is a natural occurrence and deserves to be so deemed; and even when they come up the same way for a second time if the throw be repeated. If the third and fourth plays are the same, surely there is occasion for suspicion on the part of a prudent man.
— Girolamo Cardano
from De Vita Propria Liber
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