# Mathematician:Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia

## Mathematician

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.

## Nationality

Italian

## History

- 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

## Theorems

- 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.

## Publications

- Translation into Italian of Euclid's
*The Elements*(1543).

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

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