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1509 – Telesio – bio

Bernardino Telesio was born in 1509 in Cosenza, in Italy. He studied at Padua University, then spent some time in a Benedictine monastery. He was critical of the abstract reasoning in the philosophy of Aristotle, insisting we should focus instead on empirical evidence. He wrote a nine volume collection called, “On the Nature of Things […]

1514 – Andreas Vesalius – bio

Vesalius was born as Andries van Wesel in Brussels, the Netherlands, in 1514. He is known for advancing the medical understanding of human anatomy and published a landmark study, “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” (On the Fabric of the Human Body). Vesalius discovered that the research of Galen had been based on animal rather than human […]

1853 – Ricci-Curbastro – bio

Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro was born in Italy in 1853 and is known as the inventor of tensor calculus, which became an essential building block for relativity theory. He was a professor of mathematics at the University of Padua. He worked on differential equations and differential geometry, building on the contributions made by Gauss and Riemann. His […]

1533 – Zabarella – bio

Giacomo (Jacopo) Zabarella was born in Padua, Italy in 1533. He attended the University of Padua, obtained a PhD in philosophy there, taught philosophy there, and eventually died in Padua. He was primarily known for his contributions to philosophy and logic, setting the standard for other philosophers during the Renaissance in Europe. PRECURSOR: -0384 – […]

timeline of the University of Padua

1222 – earliest document mentioning Padua University 1401 – Nicholas of Cusa received a doctorate of religious law in 1423 at Padua University and became influential in the beginning of the renaissance period. 1473 – Copernicus received a doctorate of religious law in 1503 at Padua University. His most famous work, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium […]

1501 – Cardano – bio

Girolamo Cardano was born in northern Italy in 1501 and was a mathematician. His father was a lawyer who also gave university lectures on geometry and was consulted by Leonardo Da Vinci on the subject. Cardano indulged in gambling which enhanced his understanding of probability. The gambling habit also wrecked his personal life and earned […]

1800 – voltaic pile (battery)

A voltaic pile is a group of galvanic cells that are joined together as a circuit in series, forming an electric battery. While it is possible that primitive batteries were in use for several thousand years prior, Alessandro Volta, assembled the first well documented working battery. Volta was following up on Luigi Galvani’s famous experiment […]