Mathematician:Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia
Italian mathematician, engineer and surveyor.
- Published first Italian translations of Archimedes and Euclid.
- Devised a solution to the general cubic equation independently of Scipione del Ferro, later published by Gerolamo Cardano and now known as Cardano's Formula.
- Challenged in 1535 by Antonio Maria del Fiore to a public contest to solve cubics, and won convincingly.
- Born: 1499 or 1500
- 1512: Suffered a war injury to his face resulting in an inability to speak clearly, which earned him the nickname "Tartaglia" ("Stammerer").
- Died: December 13, 1557
- Tartaglia's Formula for the volume of any irregular tetrahedron.
- Tartaglia's Triangle, also known as Pascal's Triangle.
- Tartaglia's Poem
Results named for Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia can be found here.
Definitions of concepts named for Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia can be found here.
- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
- 1971: Allan Clark: Elements of Abstract Algebra ... (previous) ... (next): Introduction
- 1997: David Wells: Curious and Interesting Numbers (2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence
- 2008: Ian Stewart: Taming the Infinite ... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $4$: Lure of the Unknown