The library is always delighted to receive gifts from authors. It’s safe to say that in 2014 we don’t get many 1058 page annotated Latin to English translations of books first published in the 1560’s particularly translations completed by ninety year old College Fellows. The Latin original was written by the Italian mathematician, astrologer, physician, and natural philosopher Girolamo Cardano (1501 -1576). Cardano was a statistical pioneer. He also invented gimbal rings, which suspend a compass to keep it horizontal. He was probably the first to describe the skin lesions that characterise typhus and has had two craters of the Moon named after him.


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