Italian mathematician who worked on optics and motion.
Introduced the logarithm to Italy.
A disciple of Galileo.
A member of the informal Académie Parisienne.
- Born: 1598, Milan, Habsburg Empire (now Italy)
- 1615: Joined the religious order Jesuati in Milan, where he met and was greatly influenced by Galileo
- 1616: Transferred to the Jesuati monastery in Pisa
- 1619: Applied for the chair of mathematics in Bologna but considered too young
- 1621: Became a deacon and assistant to Cardinal Federico Borromeo at monastery in Milan
- 1623: Became prior of St Peter's at Lodi
- 1626: Went to the Gesuati monastery in Parma (note: not the Jesuits)
- 1629: Appointed to chair of mathematics at Bologna, where he taught mathematics till his death
- Died: 30 Nov 1647, Bologna, Papal States (now Italy)
Results named for Bonaventura Cavalieri can be found here.
- Lo Specchio Ustorio, overo, Trattato delle settioni coniche (The Burning Mirror, or a Treatise on Conic Sections)
- 1635: Geometria Indivisibilibus Continuorum Nova Quadam Ratione Promota (Geometry, developed by a new method through the indivisibles of the continua)
- Exercitationes geometricae sex
- Directorium Generale Uranometricum
- 1646: Trattato della ruota planetaria perpetua
- Tables of logarithms
- A line is made up of points like a string of beads; a plane area is made up of lines as a cloth is of threads; and a solid is made up of plane sections as a book is made up of pages.
- I think sincerely that few men, if any, since Archimedes, have delved as far and as deep into the science of geometry ... he has discovered a new method for the study of mathematical truths; by it he proves in a shorter manner many of the theorems of Archimedes and other mathematicians.
- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Bonaventura Cavalieri": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive