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Niccolo fontana 15.12.2013 1

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Niccolo fontana 15.12.2013 1

  1. 1. Who is he? Hi my name’s Niccolò Fontana During the invasion of my hometown by the French I was seriously wounded in the mouth I was born in 1499 in Brescia from a poor family. I am an Italian Mathematician
  2. 2. MY NICKNAME IS “tartaglia” because i have stuttered since then I have the secret FOR the solution of the cubic equation. I am famous also for giving a formula for the volume of a tetrahedron and for my studies of ballistics
  3. 3. In the fifteenth century mathematicians competed in mathematic challenges. contests were public events. The challengers chose their rivals. They had to solve many problems and the judges decided the winner.
  4. 4. IN THE PAST In the past mathematicians kept their secret discoveries jealously, in order to use them in contests! NOW! nowadays it’s different! when MATHEMATICIANs PROVE A THEOREM they CoMmUNICATE IT TO their COLLEGUES ALL over THE WORLD by publishing an article.
  5. 5. I used to WiN all the times…
  6. 6. NO! Ferrari, a disciple of Cardano (another important italian mathematician) and I competed in a challenge . it was in Milan. We didn’t fight with swords, but with our brains! YES!
  7. 7. In this contest we had to solve cubic equations. This was the most important contest in the Renaissance. I lost it because it was oral (I STUTTERED, REMEMBER ) and I was cheated TOO as i was robbed of my formulas.

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