Book ID: CBB280882853

The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook: A History of the Renaissance Mathematics That Birthed Imaginary Numbers, Probability, and the New Physics of the Universe (2017)

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Brooks, Michael (Author)


Scribe Publications


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 232
Language: English

A book of science like no other, about a scientist like no other. This is a landmark in science writing. It resurrects from the vaults of neglect the polymath Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century. Who is he? A gambler and blasphemer, inventor and chancer, plagued by demons and anxieties, astrologer to kings, emperors and popes. This stubborn and unworldly man was the son of a lawyer and a brothel keeper, but also a gifted physician and the unacknowledged discoverer of the mathematical foundations of quantum physics. That is the argument of this charming and intoxicatingly clever book, which is truly original in its style, and in the manner of the modernists embodies in its very form its theories about the world. The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook is a science book with the panache of a novel, for readers of Carlo Rovelli or Umberto Eco. It is a work of and about genius.

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Review Howard G. Barth (2020) Review of "The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook: A History of the Renaissance Mathematics That Birthed Imaginary Numbers, Probability, and the New Physics of the Universe". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 874-875). unapi

Review Howard G. Barth (2020) Review of "The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook: A History of the Renaissance Mathematics That Birthed Imaginary Numbers, Probability, and the New Physics of the Universe". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 874-875). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kühne, Andreas
Spranzi Zuber, Marta
Grafton, Anthony T.
Williams, Lambert
Brentjes, Sonja
Hadravová, Alena
Journals
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Revue de Synthèse
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Publishers
Harvard University Press
E. Rauner Verlag
Edizioni dell'Orso
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Concepts
Mathematics
Astrology
Cosmology
Astronomy
Physics
Probability and statistics
People
Cardano, Girolamo
Galilei, Galileo
Stifel, Michael
Peurbach, Georg von
Nunes, Pedro
Kepler, Johannes
Time Periods
Renaissance
16th century
17th century
15th century
Early modern
Medieval
Places
Italy
Europe
Prague (Czechia)
Nuremberg (Germany)
Germany
Florence (Italy)
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