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"Renaissance Man": Review of The Book of My Life, by Girolam Cardano.Reviewed by John Bonner. NewScientist, 9 August 2003, page 53.

"Mathematician, physician, engineer and charlatan---Girolamo Cardano was one ofthe great polymaths of the Italian renaissance," the reviewer writes. He notesthat this book, written with no attempt at presenting a clear chronology,appears strange to modern readers. Nevertheless "it is imposible not to admire[Cardano's] restless mind and refreshingly candid reflections".

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society