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Shooting by the Book: Notes on Niccolò Tartaglia's Nova Scientia

Shooting by the Book: Notes on Niccolò Tartaglia's Nova Scientia Hist. Sci., xxxv (1997) SHOOTING BY THE BOOK: NOTES ON NICCOLO TARTAGLIA'S NOVA SCIENTIA Serafina Cuomo Christ's College, Cambridge Niccolo Tartaglia (born in Brescia, 1499/1500, died in Venice, 1557) published his first work, the Nova scientia or Scientia nova, in Venice in 1537, at his own expense in conjunction with Stefano dei Nicolini da Sabio.' It was originally planned as having five books, but the last two were never written. In 1550 a second edition was published (reprinted in 1551, 1558, 1562,1583 and 1606), which contained some slight stylistic variations? and an addition to the third book. Tartaglia made a living mostly as a public teacher of mathematics in Brescia, Verona and, from 1534, Venice, where he died in poverty. Apart from his books, his forays onto the public scene consisted of public lectures, often held in churches, and of mathematical disfide, a kind of duel (likewise often held in churches) where two mathematicians would take turns to pose each other problems to solve, until one of the two failed to provide a solution. Tartaglia's most notorious disfida took place in 1547-48 against Girolamo Cardano (1501-76), who acted via his pupil Lodovico Ferrari (1522-65). The subject under dispute was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Science SAGE

Shooting by the Book: Notes on Niccolò Tartaglia's Nova Scientia

History of Science , Volume 35 (2): 34 – Jun 1, 1997

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Hist. Sci., xxxv (1997) SHOOTING BY THE BOOK: NOTES ON NICCOLO TARTAGLIA'S NOVA SCIENTIA Serafina Cuomo Christ's College, Cambridge Niccolo Tartaglia (born in Brescia, 1499/1500, died in Venice, 1557) published his first work, the Nova scientia or Scientia nova, in Venice in 1537, at his own expense in conjunction with Stefano dei Nicolini da Sabio.' It was originally planned as having five books, but the last two were never written. In 1550 a second edition was published (reprinted in 1551, 1558, 1562,1583 and 1606), which contained some slight stylistic variations? and an addition to the third book. Tartaglia made a living mostly as a public teacher of mathematics in Brescia, Verona and, from 1534, Venice, where he died in poverty. Apart from his books, his forays onto the public scene consisted of public lectures, often held in churches, and of mathematical disfide, a kind of duel (likewise often held in churches) where two mathematicians would take turns to pose each other problems to solve, until one of the two failed to provide a solution. Tartaglia's most notorious disfida took place in 1547-48 against Girolamo Cardano (1501-76), who acted via his pupil Lodovico Ferrari (1522-65). The subject under dispute was

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