Michelangelo Fardella

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Michelangelo Fardella (1650 – January 2, 1718) was an Italian scientist.

Fardella was born at Trapani, Sicily, and died in Naples. He was a member of the Order of Friars Minor. He excelled in physics and mathematics, and was both the chair of philosophy in Modena and of astronomy and philosophy in Padoue. He embraced the philosophy of René Descartes, after learning the principles during a voyage which he made to Paris (1678) from conversations with Antoine Arnauld, Nicolas Malebranche and Bernard Lamy.

His principal works are:

  • Universæ philosophiæ systema, Venice, 1691, in-12
  • Universæ usualis mathematicæ theoria, 1691