Fazio Cardano

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Fazio Cardano (1444 – 28 August 1524) was an Italian jurist and mathematician. He was a student of perspective. Cardano was also a professor at the University of Pavia, and was devoted to hermetical science and the world of the occult. He was a friend of Leonardo da Vinci.

It was said that Cardano was always in the company of a familiar spirit who talked to him. This may be a rumour originating from a habit of speaking to himself.[1]

Fazio Cardano was the father of Gerolamo Cardano.[2]


  1. ^ Payne, Robert (1978), Leonardo, Doubleday, p. 95, Probably, like many professors, he had a habit of talking to himself.
  2. ^ Alan Shuchat; Simon Gindikin. Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists. Springer; 2007. ISBN 978-0-387-48811-0. p. 6.

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