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An Overview on Cardano's "De Regula Aliza" (2018)


Despite being a mathematical treatise on equations by one of the most renown scholar of the Renaissance, the "De Regula Aliza" (Basel, 1570) by Cardano has been until nowadays highly overlooked. Many reasons can be called into play and, first of all, that this treatise is no easy reading, mainly due to the lack of an inner, well-articulated logical structure. Nevertheless, in the framework of Cardano’s algebraic treatises, the "De Regula Aliza" has a fundamental role: trying to overcome the major problem – later called "casus irreducibilis" – that emerges from his masterpiece "Ars Magna." This article provides a general overview of the features of this treatise.

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Authors & Contributors
Oaks, Jeffrey A.
Raimondi, Francesco Paolo
Harriot, Thomas
Seltman, Muriel
Goulding, Robert
Beery, Janet L.
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
European Mathematical Society
Harvard University
Scribe Publications
Edizioni dell'Orso
Equations and formulae
Primary literature (historical sources)
Cardano, Girolamo
Bombelli, Raffaele
Harriot, Thomas
Galilei, Galileo
Vanini, Giulio Cesare
Faulhaber, Johann
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
18th century

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